Police say man murdered his father

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BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man allegedly killed his father sometime early Thursday morning.

Timothy A. McWilliams, 65, of Buckhannon, is being held without bond in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail.

Sheriff David Coffman said deputies responded to a 6 a.m. Thursday call at 449 West Victoria St. after Upshur County EMS was dispatched for a medical emergency. The home is located just outside the city limits and the Buckhannon Police Department also assisted at the scene.

“The emergency squad did respond with the city police, and moments later deputy Seth Cutright arrived on scene,” Coffman said. “They found Leo McWilliams, I believe he is 85, deceased on the upstairs floor. He had severe stab wounds to the neck area.”

Timothy McWilliams allegedly admitted to deputies that he got into an altercation with his father, and while Leo McWilliams was lying face down on the ground, Timothy McWilliams got on his back and cut his throat with a knife, according to the criminal complaint in the Upshur County Magistrate Clerk’s office.

Timothy McWilliams lived at the residence with his parents, according to Coffman. He suffered a laceration wound to the forearm, and after he was taken into custody, he was transported by Upshur County EMS to St. Joseph’s Hospital. Once treated and released from the hospital, McWilliams was arraigned on the murder charge before Magistrate Mike Coffman.

The body of Leo McWilliams was sent to the West Virginia State Medical Examiner’s office and Cutright, the lead investigator in the case, will be traveling to Charleston for the autopsy, according to Coffman.

Coffman said the mother of Timothy McWilliams is believed to have called 911. She was downstairs at the time the alleged murder occurred.

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