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W.Va. police investigating deaths of man, boy as a double homicide

Originally it was thought that David C. Hutzler shot his son, set home on fire, and then took his own life

January 23, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com
  • James A. "Mack" Hutzler and David C. Hutzler were found in the master bedroom of his father's mobile home at 436 Apple Harvest Drive west of Glengary, W.Va., on the morning of Jan. 6. Police originally thought their deaths were a murder-suicide, but they are now investigating it as a double homicide.
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MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The deaths of a Berkeley County man and his 9-year-old son in January 2012 now are being investigated as a double homicide because of the discovery of new evidence, West Virginia State Police said Wednesday.

James A. “Mack” Hutzler and David C. Hutzler, 56, were found in the master bedroom of his father’s mobile home at 436 Apple Harvest Drive west of Glengary, W.Va., on the morning of Jan. 6, police have said.

Police initially had said they believed Hutzler shot his son, set the home on fire and then took his own life.

Autopsies indicate the father and his son died from gunshot wounds to the head and the boy had a second “glancing” gunshot on his chin, police have said.

Investigating State Police Trooper C.S. Maynard said Wednesday that he could not elaborate on what new evidence had surfaced, but indicated there is a “high probability” that Hutzler and his son were murdered.

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The bodies were found severely burned, and more than a third of the home was destroyed before the fire was extinguished, police have said.

“The circumstances surrounding the deaths are suspicious in nature and the investigation is ongoing,” police said Wednesday.

Anyone with information regarding the case may call Maynard at 304-267-0002 or send an email to csmaynard@wvsp.state.wv.us.

Those who wish to remain anonymous may also contact Berkeley County Crime Solvers at 304-267-4999. An award of up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest in the case is being offered through Crime Solvers, police said.

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