UPDATE: Both murder suspects in custody

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RUPERT, WV (WVNS) — On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, West Virginia State Troopers with the Rainelle Detachment received a call about a fight at the Dollar General in Rupert.

Sgt. S. A. Murphy with the Rainelle Detachment said when troopers arrived on scene, EMS was already working on the victim, James Alvis III.

“Arriving on scene, EMS had already begun CPR on the victim and was in the process of loading and transporting him to Greenbrier Valley Medical Center,” Murphy said.

Sgt. Murphy said using their investigation and witness statements they learned Johnathan McClung and a minor were suspects.

“Johnathon McClung and a male juvenile who was with him located James Alvis in the parking lot of the Dollar General, stopped, got out of their car and attacked him,” Murphy said.

Troopers told 59News Alvis fell to the ground and people at the store pulled McClung and the minor off him.

Murphy said both suspects were charged with first degree murder and conspiracy. He added all the evidence was turned over to the prosecutor.

McClung is currently being held in Southern Regional Jail. The minor is also in custody.


ORIGINAL STORY — 4:33 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020: On Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, West Virginia State Trooper B.J. Borsman responded to a call of a fight in progress at the Dollar General in Rupert around 6:47 p.m.

Upon further investigation, Trooper Bosman along with CPL. S.W. Hudnall and Deputy A.L. Workman interviewed witnesses at the scene. Witnesses stated the two suspects, Johnathan McClung, 49, and a minor pulled into the Dollar General parking lot. They said the pair quickly got out of their vehicle and started hitting the victim, James Alvis III, 57, with their fists. According to a press release from the West Virginia State Police Rainelle Detachment, Alvis fell to the ground and bystanders pulled the suspects off.

Around 8 p.m., Alvis was pronounced dead at the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center.

Both suspects were taken into custody and charged with one count each of 1st degree murder and conspiracy.

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