A Pendleton County man is behind bars for allegedly shooting his father to death.
State Police were dispatched Saturday to a home on Pike Gap Road in Circleville.
Cpl. J.M. Ware of the Franklin detachment found John Conway Smith, 83, dead with an apparent shotgun wound, Sgt. Michael Baylous, State Police spokesman, said in an email.
The victim's son, John William Smith, 54, also of Circleville, was at the house when Ware arrived. An investigation yielded probable cause to arrest the younger Smith.
John Smith was charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bond at Potomac Highlands Regional Jail.