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Michael T. Baldwin Reports: The Larson Murder Case Still Pending Court Action

William “Billy” Larson

Appearances in Allegany County court remain pending for a Clarksville teenager accused of killing his parents and then torching their home on Cortney Hollow Road on November 21, 2019. William “Billy” Larson Jr., who was 17 at the time, appeared in court last month. During that appearance, defense counsel requested time to submit legal briefs to the court in Belmont, due by April 30th. No future court date has been set.

An Allegany County Grand Jury indicted the teen on two counts of second-degree murder as well as charges of attempted arson, two counts of concealment of a human corpse and three counts of tampering with physical evidence. In January 2019, Allegany County Public defender Barbara J. Kelley, representing the boy, said “we ask the public to afford Billy the presumption of innocence and let the facts unfold in a court of law.” The teen, who had fled the scene was later taken into custody after a 16-hour manhunt.

The bodies of 67-year-old William Larson Sr. and 50-year-old Lisa Larson were discovered when Clarksville firefighters responded to a reported fire at the home. Prosecutors referenced an autopsy report that showed the victims were shot and stabbed. Channel 2 journalist Dave McKinley reported that during the interview, the teenager claimed his father killed his mother and then threw a knife at him. The teen claimed his father sometimes used meth. Larson continued to say during the interview that he shot his father while he was standing in the driveway…that’s according to McKinley’s reporting.

According to the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon, Larson remains an inmate at the Allegany County Jail. There is no bail.

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