Wednesday, September 2, 2009

West Virgina: Man Charged in Logan County Murder, Stabbing

Logan County, West Virginia

From WSAZ of August 17, 2009
Man Charged in Logan County Murder, Stabbing

One man is dead and his twin brother is in the hospital after a man came into their home and stabbed them. It happened late Saturday night at home in Man.

West Virginia State Police say Billy Johnston came to the house that twin brothers Mac and Jerry Belcher shared. Johnston knocked on the door, and when Mac opened it, Johnston stabbed him multiple times. Then, police say Johnston went to the bedroom where Jerry was still sleeping and stabbed him multiple times as well, killing him.

Despite his injuries, Mac managed to grab a gun and shoot at Billy Johnston, according to State Police. None of Mac's shots hit his attacker, but it did scare him away.

Troopers later arrested Johnston and took him to the Southwestern Regional Jail. He was brought in by West Virginia State Police just before 6 Sunday morning, but it's little consolation to neighbors who say they've lost a good friend.

"It's just totally devastated everybody," Roger Perry, a friend of the twins, said. "It hasn't really sunk in yet. I just don't understand how somebody could come in with a knife and stab somebody to death."

"I've had grown men come here today and cry," neighbor Alice Mitchell said. "My phone has rung off the hook from everyone calling. It's just a great, painful tragedy that this has happened."

Mac Belcher is at Charleston General Hospital, and doctors say his wounds don’t appear to be life threatening.

Neighbors say this wasn't the first time that the 68-year-old twin brothers had been in an altercation with Johnston. They believe the argument started over some tools that Johnston sold to the Belcher brothers.

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