Terra Alta Mayor: Murder Victim Was A Number One Guy
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on January 11, 2013 @ 1:26PM
Created on January 09, 2013 @ 6:33PM
 
Police in Preston County are still trying to figure what caused a man to apparently shoot and kill his own father.
 
According to court documents Robert Tasker shot and killed his father William Howard Tasker Jr. on Tuesday morning.
 
On Wednesday officers told 5 News they believe Robert walked from somewhere between Morgantown to Cranesville along Route Seven late Monday night into early Tuesday morning.
 
"When he saw me he would always holler and say a few words," Charlie Feather recalls about William Tasker Jr.
 
As the mayor of Terra Alta for the last 22 years, Feather has built quite a rapport in the small community.
 
One of the people he met before being sworn in as mayor was William Tasker Jr., or "Butch" as he called him.
 
"He was just a number one individual," Feather said. "He didn't bother anybody. He was a hard worker."
 
That's why he was shocked when he learned that his son, Robert apparently shot and killed him sometime Tuesday morning.
 
"I didn't even know he had a son," Feather said. "This was just something that appeared out of the sky. It shocked everyone."

According to court papers Robert walked to his dad's house with the intention of killing him. Apparently when investigators got to the crime scene he even confessed the murder.
 
"I can't imagine how or why you would do such a thing," Feather said. 

As Robert was being leading into court for his arraignment Tuesday he had nothing to say to 5 News.
 
5 News also learned that investigators found the gun Robert said he used to kill his father.
 
"If I could talk to his (William's) family I would say I'm sorry," Feather said.

If you saw Robert late Monday night or early Tuesday morning call the Preston County Sheriff's Department. Their number is (304) 329-1611.

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