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W.Va. police renew call for information in slaying of father and son

March 06, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Police this week renewed a request for the public’s help in solving the January 2012 homicide of a 56-year-old man and his 9-year-old son in Berkeley County.

James A. “Mack” Hutzler, 9, and David C. Hutzler, 56, were found in the master bedroom of the elder Hutzler’s mobile home at 436 Apple Harvest Drive west of Glengary, W.Va., on the morning of Jan. 6, 2012, police have said.

Police initially said they believed the elder 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.

“A 9-year-old child and his father’s life were taken away and the community needs to understand that someone can be a real hero in this case and come forward with information,” West Virginia State Police Trooper C.S. Maynard said in a news release on Monday.

“I believe someone in the community has knowledge of the events which occurred ... and everyone needs to understand that this investigation is not going to be closed until I can tell the family the truth about the death of their loved ones,” Maynard said.  

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

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 for information leading to an arrest in the case may be offered through Crime Solvers, police said.

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