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W.Va. man, son were shot before house fire

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A fire investigation involving the deaths of a Berkeley County man and his son is now a homicide inquiry.

West Virginia State Police Trooper J.D. Brand told The Journal newspaper that both victims had gunshot wounds. Brand said additional details will be released after a final report from the state Medical Examiner's Office is received.

Assistant State Fire Marshal Patrick Barker said the fire was intentionally set.

The bodies of 56-year-old David Cole Hutzler and his 9-year-old son, James, were found after the fire on Jan. 6 in the rear bedroom of their mobile home near Glengary.


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