UPDATE: Ritchie County man charged with murder after allegedly stabbing stepfather

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UPDATE (3/5/18 at 3:30 p.m.):

Alan Ross, 25, of Pennsboro, is charged with murder after allegedly stabbing his stepfather in Ritchie County Friday.

Ross’s mother, Barbara Thompson, called police at approximately 8 p.m. and said that Ross killed James Thompson and was threatening suicide, according to West Virginia State Police.

Police said Ross complied with officers’ commands and walked down a gravel driveway with his hands in the air. At that time, Ross told police that he killed his stepfather, James Thompson, with a knife, according to court documents.

Police said Ross had blood on his hands and that they found Thompson inside the residence on his stomach on the kitchen floor in a pool of blood.

After further investigation, police determined that Ross stabbed Thompson multiple times.

ORIGINAL (3/3/18 4:27 p.m.):

West Virginia State Police have arrested a man accused of killing his stepfather in Ritchie County.

According to Trooper Chris Speece, authorities were dispatched to Willow Lane off of Route 74 in Pennsboro on Friday, March 2 for a possible homicide. 

State Police and the Ritchie County Sheriff’s Department arrived on scene and said a suspect was seen coming out of the woods near a home. 

State Police also said the man was ordered to come out of the woods, and he complied with the officers.

That suspect, identified as Alan Don Ross, 25, was then taken into custody. 

Trooper Speece said officers then did a sweep of the residence and found James Thompson, the stepfather of Ross, deceased. Thompson had been stabbed multiple times. 

Ross was processed and is currently in the North Central Regional Jail. 

State Police are investigating. Stay with 12 News for any updates. 

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