UPDATE: Parkersburg man accused in dad's death found competent to stand trial

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - Update: 8/22/2019 4:30 P.M.

Trial is set for January 6, 2020, for a man accused in the death of his father in January, 2018.

Judge Robert Waters Thursday found James Thomas Hendershot comptent to stand trial.


UPDATE: 2/5/19 2:45 P.M.

A man accused in the death of his father last year at their home on Liberty Street in Parkersburg has been ordered to undergo a mental-health evaluation.

James T. Hendershot, 35, who's charged with second-degree murder and concealment of a deceased human body, appeared before Wood County Circuit Court Judge Robert Waters on Monday.

Waters ordered Hendershot to undergo the 15-day evaluation at the behavioral unit of the South Central Regional Jail located in Kanawha County.

A spokesman for Wood County Prosecuting Attorney Pat Lefebure's office said further proceedings in the case are on hold until after the evaluation is completed. No trial date has been set.

Parkersburg Police arrested Hendershot in January 2018 after finding his father, James C. Hendershot, 65, dead inside their home.

Authorities at the time said the father had barricaded himself inside the room and had been dead for several days when officers found his body.


UPDATE: 01/26/2018 10:00 P.M.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joseph Martin says James C. Hendershot, 65, died of blunt force trauma to the head.

The criminal complaint states James T. Hendershot, the victim's son, struck his father. The victim crawled into a room inside the Liberty Street residence and died laying against the door. The victim was deceased for several days based on initial observations.

The suspect remains at the North Central Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.


ORIGINAL STORY: 01/26/2018, 10:00 A.M.

Parkersburg Police have charged a man after his father was found dead in their Liberty Street home on Thursday.

34-year old James T. Hendershot was arraigned Friday morning before a Wood County Magistrate.

Police Chief Joe Martin says he will be charged with one count of concealing a deceased human body.

He is being held in the North Central Regional Jail on a $100,000 bond.

Police say further charges may be filed.

Police say, based on the initial investigation, Hendershot struck his father, James C. Hendershot, sometime last week.

His father barricaded himself in his bedroom, where he died.

Police, who were called to the scene at 4:25 P.M. Thursday, found the elder Hendershot's body.

Investigators say the son had been staying at his father's home on Liberty Street at the time of the victim's death.

Investigators say the temperature inside the home was 58 degrees.

The West Virginia Medical Examiner's office is performing an autopsy to determine the exact cause of James C. Hendershot's death.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact he Parkersburg Police Department, at 304-424-8444.



 
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