Brooke County officials have called a special grand jury for the fist time since 1989 to handle the Jason Lee Pratz murder trial.
Deputies from Brooke County Sheriff's Department, U.S. Marshals and the Washington County Sheriff's Department arrested Rocco Zucarro, 28, in Burgettstown early Thursday morning.
Pratz was killed in his home in McKinleyville on February 18. The crime was discovered the following day and investigated by the Brooke County Sheriff's Department.
Pratz's family has been upset about how long the investigation process has taken but Sheriff Chuck Jackson and Prosecutor Joe Barki said that this week was the best time for the arrest and thank them for their patience.
"Through experience, we know that at times it's better to make sure that your investigation is done thoroughly, that you got everything in align before you make your arrest so you make sure justice is served by gaining a conviction in the case," says Barki.
The jurors are already seated for the grand jury and will be called back out within the next week, according to Barki. Barki will present the one count of first degree murder charge to the grand jury.
Judge Ronald Wilson will preside over the case. No details of evidence or motive have been released yet, however the two were acquaintances.
Zucarro is currently behind bars in Washington County, Pa., and waiting to be extradited.