Charges Filed in Hunting Camp Homicide

| February 26, 2020

OIL CREEK TWP. Crawford Co., Pa. (EYT) – A Titusville man is facing criminal charges in connection with a homicide in Oil Creek Township last spring.

Court documents indicate the Erie-based State Police filed the following criminal charges against 22-year-old Donovan James Vroman, of Titusville, on February 19:

– Abuse of Corpse, Misdemeanor 2
– Tamper With/Fabricate Physical Evidence, Misdemeanor 2

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 23, with Magisterial District Judge Amy L. Nicols’s presiding.

The charges stem from a criminal homicide investigation initiated in the spring of 2019.

According to GoErie.com, Donovan Vroman is accused of helping 21-year-old Bradley M. Seay to dispose of the body of 29-year-old Earl G. Scroger Jr., of Titusville, after Seay shot Scroger at a camp on Howe Lane in Oil Creek Township on March 14, 2019.

A later autopsy determined Scroger died as a result of a single gunshot wound to the head.

Seay allegedly contacted Vroman after the shooting and requested his help moving the body. Seay then picked Vroman up and they returned, wrapped the victim’s body in a tarp, and put it in the bed of Seay’s truck.

Police became involved, and recovered the victim’s body, after three people reported the shooting. State police then made contact with Seay, who arrived at the police station in Titusville with the victim’s body still in the bed of the truck.

Charges were filed against Seay the day following the shooting, and an additional charge of misdemeanor abuse of a corpse was added after his preliminary hearing in July.

Court documents indicate Seay pleaded guilty to first degree felony criminal homicide on January 24, 2020, and was immediately sentenced to a minimum of 20 years to a maximum of 40 years in state prison.


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