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Putnam man stabbed to death, allegedly by brother

By Staff reports

HURRICANE, W.Va. -- A Putnam County man was stabbed to death, allegedly by his brother, early Wednesday, police said.

According to Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese, deputies were dispatched to Thomas Drive in Scott Depot at about 1 a.m. They found Michael Facemyre, 36, on the front porch of a residence with multiple stab wounds to the torso and arm.

Facemyre was taken to CAMC Teays Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Johnathan Facemyre, 25, the victim's brother, was arrested between 3 and 4 a.m. by Putnam County sheriff's deputies and Hurricane police near the Sheetz store in Hurricane. Facemyre had been driven by a friend from Scott Depot to Hurricane and was captured while on foot.

Michael Facemyre was stabbed at the home of his parents, who were asleep at the time. Detective J.S. Hedrick found blood on the porch and in the gravel parking area in front of the house, according to the criminal complaint filed in Putnam County magistrate court.

Deweese said Facemyre's sister called 911, and the dispatcher who received the call said he could hear screaming in the background.

The sheriff said deputies have responded to complaints of domestic disputes at the Thomas Drive home at least eight times in the last few years.

"Our prayers go out to the Facemyre family," Deweese said.

Putnam County Prosecuting Attorney Mark Sorsaia said a preliminary hearing for Facemyer will be held in the next 10 days. According to Sorsaia, although the caseload in Putnam County has increased in the last few years, homicides are infrequent.

"This is obviously a tragedy for the community," Sorsaia said. "We've been really fortunate that we haven't really had that many homicides in the past."

 Johnathan Facemyre was arraigned in the Western Regional Jail on Wednesday morning by teleconference on a charge of first-degree murder. He is being held without bond.


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