On April 20, at approximately 2:40 p.m., 52-year-old Kerry Munger of Benson met with 34-year-old Trevor Herrick of Clarendon in the rear parking lot of the Sears department store at the Diamond Run Mall in Rutland Town. Munger appeared to be intent on settling an ongoing dispute.
According to police, the dispute involved Munger's estranged wife. Earlier that morning, Munger had left a message at Herrick's place of employment requesting a call back. Herrick returned the call and spoke with Munger who stated that he wanted to meet with him regarding this dispute over Munger's wife.
Once the two men met, Munger and Herrick became involved in a heated verbal argument. The two men were face- to-face when Herrick began pointing his finger in Minger's face. Munger then pushed Herrick's hand away at which time Herrick reached behind his back and retrieved a fixed- blade, hunting-style knife from a sheath on his belt. Herrick then stepped in Munger's direction and stabbed him in the back more than once.
After Munger collapsed, Herrick called 911.
A bystander performed CPR on Munger until he was transported to the Rutland Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was performed on Munger the following morning at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Burlington.
Herrick spoke with Vermont State Police detectives regarding this incident. He was lodged at the Marble Valley Correctional Center on charges of second degree murder. Herrick was arraigned on April 21 at the Rutland District Court.
At this time the investigation revealed that Munger was not armed. The State Police were assisted by the Rutland County Sheriff's Department as well as the Rutland County States Attorneys Office.