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New Details Released About Rupert Murder Investigation

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Additional details have been released regarding the death of James Alvis III.

On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 7, Jonathan Cole McClung, 49, of Settlement Drive in Charmco, along with a minor, drove to the Dollar General located on Nicholas Street in Rupert. According to the criminal complaint, the two were attempting to locate Gail McClung, Jonathan McClung’s wife. The complaint indicates that Jonathan McClung suspected that his wife had been having an affair with Alvis. Once at the store, Jonathan McClung allegedly observed Gail McClung speaking with Alvis in the parking lot.

According to the criminal complaint, bystanders witnessed Jonathan McClung and the minor park and exit the vehicle before screaming “kill that (expletive).”

McClung and the minor then allegedly attacked Alvis, continuing to beat him as he fell to the ground. The complaint states that McClung and the minor were eventually pulled away from Alvis by several witnesses to the attack. Alvis was transported by ambulance to the Greenbrier Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead shortly after 8 p.m.

Both Jonathan McClung and the minor allegedly advised officers that they had been attempting to locate Gail McClung. They also reportedly admitted to attacking Alvis by “punching him numerous times.”

The West Virginia Daily News will not publish any further information as to the identity of the minor at this time.

Jonathan McClung, as well as the minor, have been charged with one count each of conspiracy to commit a felony, and one count of murder in the first degree. Jonathan McClung is being held at Southern Regional Jail. No bail has been set at this time.

The Greenbrier County Prosecutor’s office had no additional comment as their investigation is ongoing.

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