In November 2019, Wellsville Regional News (WRN) was first to report a devastating crime in Clarksville. William Larson Jr., who was 17 at the time, is accused of killing his parents and then torching the Clarksville home where they all once lived. Larson Jr. is charged with two counts each of murder and manslaughter. State Police allege that the teenager killed his parents and then set the home on fire to cover up the crimes. A massive manhunt followed. He was later indicted by an Allegany County grand jury.
COVID. The coronavirus has disrupted the judicial system in a number of ways. WRN reached out to the Allegany County court to ask where the Larson case was at. A senior court official responded, “Counsel requested a hearing, but we are unable to schedule in-person hearings at this point. I have been setting nonappearance check dates to keep him on the radar.”
At the time of the crime, he was age 17 and was placed in a secured youth facility in Erie County. Since then, Larson turned 18-years-old and was transferred to the Allegany County Jail, where he is presently housed. There is no bail, according to a jail official this morning.
In an October 2020 WRN post…During one court hearing, a police video was presented where 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. Although no trial date has been set, court sources say the case is ready for trial and would likely be conducted this year, January 2021 at the latest.
COVID…no court action is scheduled and Larson remains behind bars.