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Preston Man Allegedly Murdered by Step Son & Girlfriend

March 28th, 2021 by WCBC Radio

On March 9, the Preston County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Park Avenue Apartments in Albright, WV for a report of an unresponsive person.

When deputies arrived they found 63-year old John “Johnny” Uphold had died of wounds suffered from an attack while he was walking out of his house on his way to work.

The subsequent investigation resulted in the arrests of Mr. Uphold’s step-son, Zachary Craig Saunders, 34 years old of Albright, and Saunders’ longtime live-in girlfriend, Stephanie Michelle Heath, 34 years old of Albright, for First Degree Murder.

Saunders and Heath were both charged on Wednesday of this week and incarcerated without bond within the West Virginia Regional Jail Authority.