The man accused of strangling the 45-year-old Hampton caddy boss to death was actually his "best friend," the lawyer says.

The man accused of strangling the 45-year-old Hampton caddy boss to death was actually his “best friend,” the lawyer says.

According to a lawyer for a colleague charged with manslaughter, a senior Hampton caddy who was “mutilated and bloodied” on the front porch of a colleague’s house died after a “fight” with a man he considered his “best friend”. .

Kevin Somers, 45, was found dead on February 5 at the home of 34-year-old Mark Dern. They both worked together at the exclusive Maidstone Club in East Hampton.

Dern’s lawyer says the couple were “best friends” and admitted that there may have been “fights” between them before Somers’ death.

‘These are best friends. Their families are friends. Everyone had a lot of alcohol. There was some sort of fight and this guy passed away,” Dern’s attorney, John Ray, told the New York Post.

“This is a disaster of the first order. None of what happened was intentional.”

The couple were drinking and watching a golf tournament when they got into a heated argument, prosecutors said.

According to Realtor, Dern lives in Springs, an enclave in East Hampton where the median home value is $1.25 million.

The East Hampton city trustee says Somers’ body, who had a 17-year-old daughter, was so “mutilated” and bloody that rescuers barely recognized him.

Dern was arrested and charged Thursday with one count of first-degree manslaughter.

A lawyer for 34-year-old Mark Dern (above) says he and Kevin Somers were

A lawyer for 34-year-old Mark Dern (above) says he and Kevin Somers were “best friends” who may have been “hooligans” before Somers was found suffocated on Dern’s front porch earlier this month.

Kevin Somers, 45 (above), was found so bloodied and

Kevin Somers, 45 (above), was found so bloodied and “disfigured” that first responders had a hard time recognizing him, according to a city trustee.

The couple worked together at the exclusive Maidstone Club in East Hampton, which costs $10,000 a year for full membership plus $3,000 a year for food expenses.

The couple worked together at the exclusive Maidstone Club in East Hampton, which costs $10,000 a year for full membership plus $3,000 a year for food expenses.

East Hampton City Trustee Ben Dollinger said Somers' face was

East Hampton City Trustee Ben Dollinger said Somers’ face was “mutilated and bleeding” and that the first responders barely recognized him.

On Sunday, there will be a memorial service at Somers’ grave. He is survived by his daughter and wife, Alicia Osborne.

“Kevin’s face was so disfigured and bloodied that the paramedics, who had known him all his life, could not recognize him. He lost a lot of blood,” Ben Dollinger, East Hampton City Trustee, told The Post.

During the altercation, Dern reportedly punched Somers in the face before strangling and strangling him, breaking a small bone in his throat, according to Southampton Press.

Police also allege that Dern left Somers on the porch for about three hours before calling emergency services.

But Dern’s lawyer resists the accusation, admitting only that “there could have been some fights” between the two colleagues.

During Dern’s arraignment, prosecutor Kelyanne Kelly said the couple had been drinking and watching the tournament before his wife asked Somers to leave so she could put the couple’s two young children to bed.

She said that after the tournament, the pair began arguing around 7:30 p.m., which later escalated into violence when Dern brutally punched Somers in the face and blocked his head.

Kelly added that the autopsy report showed that Dern had fractured Somers’ hyoid bone in his throat, causing him to suffocate.

He also told police that before he died, he felt his friend’s body go limp.

In response, Dern’s attorney John Ray argued that Kelly had no real time frame for when the fight occurred, as the altercation could have happened closer to the 10:40 pm call to 911.

He also noted that there was no evidence that Somers was asked to leave the house after the tournament.

Also, one of the first responders noticed that Somers’ skin was still warm to the touch when he was found at the scene.

The fight is said to have started after the tournament after Dern's wife asked Somers to leave as the couple's two children had to be put to bed.

The fight is said to have started after the tournament after Dern’s wife asked Somers to leave as the couple’s two children had to be put to bed.

“If a person lay dead from 7:30 to 10:30, his skin would not be warm,” said Ray. “It’s just common sense.

Somers was then taken to Stony Brook Hospital in Southampton where he was pronounced dead.

Somes and Dern worked together at the Maidstone Club, an exclusive country club whose full membership starts at $10,000 a year, according to the Hamptons-based Dan’s Papers. Members must also pay at least $3,000 per year for food.

Notable members include Jets owner Woody Johnson and singer Paul McCartney, according to The Post.

Kelly, the prosecutor, denied Ray’s claims, noting that the Uber trip to pick up Somers had been canceled and that Dern had asked his wife to turn off the security cameras.

Somers' body is said to have been warm at the scene, despite reports that his body had been lying on the porch for three hours.

Somers’ body is said to have been warm at the scene, despite reports that his body had been lying on the porch for three hours.

She also said an extra Uber was called in to pick up Dern, who is said to have been carrying a backpack at the time.

However, Dern whispered “no” to Ray when Kelly raised the issue with Uber.

Ray then admitted that he did not consider his client an “evil person” as he took care of his mother when she was dying of cancer and was a loving father to his two children.

He even noted that Dern was a “close friend” of Somers, as the couple got along well.

However, Southampton City Judge Karen Sartain still set Dern’s bail in cash at $500,000.

Ray has since requested that the amount be reduced to $50,000 as he poses no risk of flight and has cooperated with the police.

However, Kelly requested bail of $1 million in cash due to the violent nature of the crime.

A GoFundMe page has since been set up to create a scholarship in honor of Somers with a $50,000 goal.

A GoFundMe page has since been set up to create a scholarship in honor of Somers with a $50,000 goal.

Somers has since set up a GoFundMe page with plans for a scholarship in his honor.

As of Sunday morning, it has raised about $36,000.

“In honor of the life of Kevin Somers, this site was created to continue his legacy of athletic achievement for local student athletes,” the page reads.

“Everyone who knew Kevin knew of his enthusiasm, compassion, dedication and generosity to family, friends and the community. Instead of flowers, the family is offering to donate to the Kevin Somers Scholarship Fund.”

Event organizer and caterer Peter Ambrose said Somers was “always positive” and “ridiculously fit” in an interview with the Post. He also said that he loves watching Jeopardy.

“He rushed home to watch Alex Trebek’s latest show,” he said.

Longtime Maidstone member Joe Kazickas wrote on Facebook: “A great golfer, Kevin was also a level headed guy who knew exactly how to take care of the people he was in charge of, caddies and members.”

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