BUCKHANNON – Timothy McWilliams, 66, Buckhannon, entered a Kennedy plea to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter in the death of his father Leo McWilliams on March 8, 2018.
Timothy McWilliams is alleged to have killed his father, Leo, after he entered his son’s bedroom, in the early morning hours, holding two knives making false accusations. Leo was reportedly battling Alzheimer’s Disease at the time of his death. According to reports, Leo McWilliams allegedly cut his son’s arm, which reportedly led to Timothy McWilliams wrestling Leo to the floor and stabbing him on the throat with one of the knives.
It was noted that the elder McWilliams had made similar accusations against others in his neighborhood.
McWilliams allegedly admitted to sheriff’s deputies that he got into an altercation with his father and while Leo McWilliams was lying face down on the ground, got on his back and cut his throat with a knife, according to previous The Record Delta articles.
McWilliams was denied bond in December of last year. He was indicted in the January term of the Upshur County grand jury.
Judge Kurt Hall ordered a 60-day diagnostic evaluation of McWilliams. The plea was not immediately accepted by Hall.
He faces a possible 3 to 15 years in prison if the plea agreement is accepted by the court.
Timothy McWilliams has a history of mental illness, according to reports.
McWilliams was previously convicted of murder and malicious assault in 1980 stemming from an incident at a Morgantown nightclub, but this was later reversed by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. McWilliams was acquitted of both counts.