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Motive in Randy McEvers allegedly killing Nancy McEvers

Randal "Randy" McEvers claimed that his wife Nancy McEvers (pictured here) died by suicide, but investigators determined that she did not, authorities said. (Images: Washington County Sheriff

Randal “Randy” McEvers claimed that his wife Nancy McEvers (pictured here) died by suicide, but investigators determined that she did not, authorities said. (Images: Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

The suspect in his wife’s shooting death allegedly did it because she wanted to leave him.

“Detectives in 1983 had learned from multiple sources Randy was planning on killing Nancy for wanting a separation and divorce,” current lead investigator Detective Anel Cerić wrote in an email to Law&Crime.

Suspect Randal “Randy” McEvers, then 30, had called 911 back on Jan. 2, 1983 to say his wife Nancy McEvers née Pepper, 28, died by suicide, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon previously said. Deputies arrived to find the victim shot in the head, and EMS took her to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Only the couple and their 1-year-old son had been home during the incident, authorities said.

The husband told two different stories when deputies initially responded, Cerić told Law&Crime.

“First version was that there was a struggle over the gun and that he was unsure who pulled the trigger,” the detective wrote.

The second version is that Randy walked in on Nancy shooting herself, and there was no struggle, he wrote.

Cerić said detectives learned about the motive in 1983 from “the mother of a certain man.” This man was Randy’s co-worker and best friend. The mother called detectives to tell them what he knew about the plan, Cerić wrote.

There was also more information from a man who worked with Nancy.

“It is unknown how he obtained that information since he has since passed away,” Cerić wrote.

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