UPDATE: Stabbing suspect waives preliminary hearing

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WOOD COUNTY, W.Va. (WTAP) - UPDATE: 11/13/19 5 P.M.

Billy Ray Johnson Jr. has waived his preliminary hearing, after appearing in Wood County Magistrate Court.

The case will now be taken to Wood County Circuit Court, where they will seek an indict from a grand jury.

Johnson currently is being held without bond at the North Central Regional Jail.


UPDATE: 11/5/19 5:40 P.M.

A 59-year-old man has been identified as the victim in a fatal stabbing that occurred Monday afternoon.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said Kenneth Wayne Arnott died at WVU Medicine Camden Clark after he was stabbed in the abdomen during a fight with his brother at the home at 2993 Staunton Turnpike.

Deputies arrested Billy Ray Johnson Jr., 54, at the scene, and he was later charged with first-degree murder during an arraignment hearing in Wood County Magistrate Court.

He remains in the North Central Regional Jail awaiting a bond hearing in Wood County Circuit Court.

Authorities have not said what led to the fight.


UPDATE: 11/04/2019 11:15 PM

Billy Ray Johnson Jr. 54, of Parkersburg, WV, was arraigned Monday night in Wood County Magistrate Court.

Johnson is charged with first-degree murder, a felony. No bond has been set because this is a capital offense.

According to the criminal complaint, authorities were called to the 2900 block of Staunton Turnpike Monday afternoon in reference to a stabbing in progress. Deputies took Johnson into custody upon arrival.

Authorities say Johnson talk repeatedly of stabbing his brother at the residence. After being stabbed, the victim reportedly fell from the second story apartment to the deck below.

The victim later died of his injuries. He has not been named by authorities.

Johnson remains in the North Central Regional Jail.

UPDATE: 11/4/19 6:15 PM

A man is facing a murder charge for allegedly stabbing his brother to death Monday afternoon, authorities said.

Wood County Sheriff Steve Stephens said the man died Monday afternoon at WVU Medicine Camden Clark after the incident at a home in the 2900 block of Staunton Avenue earlier in the afternoon.

He said the stabbing was the result of a domestic incident. No motive has been revealed, and neither man has been identified.

The suspect is scheduled to be arraigned Monday evening in Wood County Magistrate Court.

The sheriff's office is continuing to investigate.


A dispute between two brothers leads to a stabbing incident on Staunton Turnpike in Wood County.

Sheriff Steve Stephens says one person was injured and hospitalized. Further details are unknown.

It happened early Monday afternoon at a residence on Staunton Turnpike, or West Virginia Route 47.

We'll have more details as they become available. The incident is under investigation.