Falling Water man charged with first-degree murder

West Virginia

A Falling Waters man has been charged with first-degree murder, after initially being charged with second-degree murder, after a 37-year-old woman was found dead with multiple stab wounds over the weekend.

The Berkeley County Prosecutor’s Office upgraded the charges against William “Bill” Franklin after meeting with Virginia State Police.

“We determined that the evidence and facts available to us at this time justify the charge of First Degree,” said prosecuting attorney Catie Wilkes Delligatti in a statement to WDVM. “So the offense was recharged per our review.”

On Sunday, a West Virginia State Police trooper and deputy from the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department responded to a home on Crawford Quarry Road in Falling Waters around 6:35 p.m. for the report of a homicide. A caller, identified as Franklin, had notified the Berkeley County 911 Center that his girlfriend, Melissa Lindamood, had been stabbed and was “no longer with us.”

The trooper and deputy found Lindamood unresponsive in the kitchen of the home, with multiple stab wounds to her neck and torso. Franklin was arrested for what authorities believe was a domestic-related incident.

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