NEW INFO: Father Pleads Not Guilty to Deadly Shooting

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UPDATE 9/26/13 @ 9:45 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Roy Pittman has pleaded not guilty to killing his daughter and shooting his son in the leg.

Pittman was arraigned in Kanawha County Circuit Court Thursday morning.

Deputies say Roy Pittman shot and killed his 15-year-old adopted daughter, Brittany Pittman, back in May.

They say he also wounded his adopted son, Matthew, before shooting himself in the face when deputies arrived.

Pittman was in the hospital for a month.

He will go on trial January 21, 2014.

UPDATE 6/20/13 @ 11:00 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. - Family members are speaking out after a father has been arrested in connection with a deadly triple shooting.

Deputies say Roy Rodger Pittman shot and killed his 15-year-old adopted daughter, Brittany Pittman, back in May.

They say he also wounded his adopted son Matthew before shooting himself in the face when deputies arrived.

Pittman was released from the hospital Thursday and brought straight to the courtroom.

"I just don't understand why he did this, how he did this...if he snapped," said Brittany's sister Bridget Crist. "He doesn't realize how many lives he screwed up, how many people he hurt."

Bridget says her family had its share of arguments, but she never expected that one would spark such violent and irreversible consequences.

"They were arguing and [Brittany] had some short shorts on," Bridget said. "He told her to take them off and change them...and then nobody knew that he had shot Brittany. Nobody even had a clue."

A memorial was set up outside their home on Keystone Drive to honor Brittany, whom Bridget says touched many lives in the span of her own short one.

"She had so much going for her," Bridget said. "She had so many friends, she loved school. Her favorite thing to do was read."

Now, Bridget says she's left looking for answers from a father who should have been his daughter's protector - not her accused killer.

"I'd like to look him in the eye just so he can see how much he's hurt everyone," she said. "He raised me and I've never said a bad word about the man, but you can't forgive this."

The judge did not set bond for Pittman. As for his son Matthew, family members say he's out of the hospital and recovering at home.

Detectives are not releasing any theories about why the shootings happened.

UPDATE 6/20/13 @ 11:35 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. -- A father has been arrested in connection with a deadly triple shooting in Kanawha County.

Deputies say Roy Pittman shot and killed his adopted daughter, Brittany, wounded his adopted son, Matthew, and then shot himself in the face.

This all happened on Keystone Drive near Yeager Airport in May.

Pittman has been in the hospital since then, but was released Thursday morning and deputies were waiting to arrest him.

Pittman was arraigned in Kanawha County Magistrate Court on murder, attempted murder and malicious wounding charges.

We have a crew in the courtroom. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.



UPDATE 5/25/13 @ 7:39 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A triple shooting has a father and son in the hospital, a daughter dead and a family torn apart.

It happened Friday night along Keystone Drive. Deputies say Roy Pittman shot and killed his adopted daughter, Brittany, wounded his adopted son, Matthew, and then shot himself in the face.

“I can't believe she's gone,” sister Bridget Crist said. “I can't believe it.”

Friday evening, police tell WSAZ.com Roy Roger Pittman, of Keystone Drive, shot and killed his 15-year-old adopted daughter Brittany in her bedroom.

Shortly after, family members say Pittman shot his 18-year-old adopted son, Matthew in the groin area.

Crist said she ran to Matthew’s side after hearing the shot.

“I told him just hang in there, he kept saying it hurts, it hurts don't let me die,” Crist said.

After shooting Matthew, Roy allegedly shot himself in the face.

Police tell WSAZ.com an argument between Roy and Brittany may have sparked the incident; however, Christ said she has never known her father to be violent.

"I mean he would do anything for anyone," Crist added. "He loved those kids. He took all of us in," she said referring to her and her six adopted brothers and sisters.

Crist said in the weeks leading up to the shooting, she and Brittany were planning a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C.The trip would have been Brittany’s first time at a beach.

“I just don't get it,” Crist said.

Roy and Matthew are currently being treated at CAMC General.

Roy now faces one count of murder and one count of attempted murder charges.



UPDATE 5/25/13 @ 5:00 a.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Sheriff's deputies have released the name of the man charged in the death of a 15-year-old girl and the wounding of another teen.

Deputies told WSAZ.com that 69-year-old Roy Roger Pittman is charged in the death of his adopted daughter.

They say the two were arguing in the bedroom of their home when he shot his daughter in the chest.

It was at that point Pittman left the home and walked to a neighbor's house and according to deputies, shot his adopted son in the leg.

The 18-year-old boy is being treated at a hospital.

The children's mother called 911 for help.

When law enforcement arrived on the scene, deputies say Pittman turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the face.

He was taken into custody and then transported to the hospital.

Deputies say there is no word yet on what started the domestic dispute.

Be sure to check back at WSAZ.com for the latest information.


ORIGINAL STORY 5/24/13

UPDATE 5/24/2013@ 11:50 p.m.

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Sheriff's deputies are investigating after they say a father shot and killed his teenage daughter inside their home - all before turning a gun on his son, and then finally, on himself.

They say the 69-year-old suspect, who has not been identified yet, opened fire on his adopted daughter while they were arguing in the bedroom. She was hit by a bullet in the chest.

The suspect then went outside in front of a neighboring house and shot his adopted son, according to deputies.

They say the 18-year-old boy was hit in the leg and rushed to the hospital, where he is expected to recover.

Deputies say the children's mother was inside the home when the fight started, along with three other adopted children all under the age of 18.

They say the mother tried to call 911 for help during the situation.

When law enforcement arrived on the scene, deputies say the suspect then turned the gun on himself, shooting himself in the face.

He was taken into custody and then also transported to the hospital.

Deputies say there is no word yet on what started the domestic dispute.

This is a developing story. Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for more updates.



ORIGNAL STORY 5/24/2013

KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A father has been taken into custody after deputies say he shot and killed his teenage daughter.

It happened about 7:30 p.m. on Keystone Drive.

The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department tells WSAZ.com the suspect shot his 15-year-old daughter, along with another man and himself.

The teenager was pronounced dead at the scene.

The man was shot in the leg. He has been taken to the hospital.

Deputies say the suspect also turned the gun on himself. He has been taken into custody. No word on his condition.

We have a crew at the scene.

Keep clicking on WSAZ.com for the latest information.


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