East Hampton police arrested Marc Dern for the death of caddy master Kevin Somers. Reports allege that the two men got into a fight, and soon after Dern choked Somers to death. Police are investigating. Officers have not released a lot of information about the case.

According to reports, the altercation happened on Feb. 5. Both men were drinking and watching the golf tournament at Dern’s home when they started fighting. Dern allegedly hit Kevin Somers in the face before choking him. A small bone in the caddy master’s neck broke, and it caused the 45-year-old to be asphyxiated.

Kevin Somers was taken to the Stony Brook Southampton Hospital where he was later pronounced dead. Dern told police that he felt his friend go limp while choking him.

A reason for the dispute is unknown. Marc Dern worked for Kevin Somers at the ritzy Maidstone Club in East Hampton, Long Island. Five days after the death of Somers, the 34-year-old employee was taken into police custody and charged with one count of first-degree manslaughter.

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Kevin Somers, caddy master at East Hampton’s Maidstone Club, was choked to death on Saturday. His employee, Marc Dern, was charged with the crime. (Credit: Shutterstock.com)

Police officials and the prosecution allege that the deadly fight took place around 7:30 p.m. Saturday night. They say after Somers died, Marc Dern left his boss’ body on the front porch for three hours before calling 911.

Dern’s lawyer argued that the prosecution had no evidence to support their timeframe and that the body was still warm when police arrived that the East Hampton home. He said, “If a man was lying from 7.30 to 10.30 dead, his skin would not be warm,’ Ray noted. ‘That’s just common sense.”

Marc Dern pleaded not guilty in court, and his bail has been set to $500K cash or $1 million secured bond. He was arraigned Friday by Southampton Town Justice Karen Sartain because East Hampton Town Justice Steven Tekulsky refused to be a part of the case.

Kerriann Kelly, chief of the Suffolk County district attorney’s homicide bureau, asked the court to set the bail at $1 million, while Dern’s lawyer, John Ray, argued that the bail should be set at $50,000 because his client had no criminal record and two young children to take care of.

Marc Dern’s case is expected to be argued in front of a grand jury next week.

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The ritzy club was known for its famous members, including singer Paul McCartney and actor Chevy Chase. (Credit: Shutterstock.com)

The Maidstone Club is known for its famous and wealthy clientele. The membership includes Paul McCartney and Chevy Chase, who became famous for his role in the movie Caddyshack.

Since Kevin Somers’ death, his family has started a GoFundMe page so that they can create a scholarship in the caddy master’s name. According to the page, all the money donated will go to local student athletes.

The page says, “All who knew Kevin were aware of his enthusiasm, compassion, dedication, and generosity towards family, friends, and community. In lieu of flowers, the family is suggesting a donation to The Kevin Somers Scholarship fund. Our family would like to thank everyone for the tremendous outpouring of love and affection during these difficult times.”

So far, the GoFundMe page has raised over $26,000 with a goal of $50,000. People who wish to donate via check can send their checks to The Kevin Somers Scholarship Fund and mail the checks in care of Thomas Osborne, Esq., 135 Main Street, East Hampton, NY 11937.

East Hampton police will continue to investigate the case in the coming days.