It was a 5-year-old child who told police who shot three people at a Webster County home on Wednesday evening. Now, the youth's parents, Michael York, 44, and Amanda York, 28, are in jail, each facing charges in the triple homicide.
Initially, at approximately 6:40 p.m., Amanda York told 911 dispatchers she had been home alone with her 5-year-old when three people came to her residence in Hacker Valley and threatened them. She said she had shot them and they were laying in her yard, according to a prepared statement given by Webster County Prosecuting Attorney Dwayne C. Vandevender.
Vandevender, in his statement, said Deputy Jack Cutlip and Deputy David Bender of the Webster County Sheriff's Department arrived on the scene, quickly followed by Webster County Sheriff Jay Hamrick and Troopers S.C. Baier and S.A. Blake of the West Virginia State Police.
"Officers removed York and the child from the residence and secured the scene," the statement said. "Dustin Brown, 26, of Hacker Valley, and another male and female whose identities are being withheld pending notification of next of kin were pronounced dead at the scene."
However, contrary to Amanda York's story, her child told officers the three victims were actually shot by Michael York. Upon further questioning, Amanda York admitted her husband was the shooter, according to Vandevender's statement.
"She told officers that the parties had been involved in a verbal altercation earlier in the day at the unidentified deceased male and female's residence and that, after the Yorks returned home, the three victims had arrived at the York residence and initiated another altercation," Vandevender said in the statement.
Amanda York also told officers that, after the shooting, she had her husband leave for Kentucky while she attempted to hide one of the bodies, the statement says.
However, according to the statement, she later said it was her husband who actually hid the body, with her help, before he fled.
Vandevender said in the statement that later on Wednesday, Michael York was apprehended while traveling south on Interstate 79, near Clay County, by West Virginia State Police.
Both Michael York and Amanda York have been charged with three counts of murder and Michael York also was charged with one count of concealment of a deceased human body, according to the statement. They are lodged at the Central Regional Jail pending a bond hearing before the Circuit Court of Webster County.