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Millcreek Man Headed to Trial for March Homicide

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A Millcreek man accused of killing his own mother was in court for a preliminary hearing, Thursday morning.

18-year-old Michael Burrows is accused of stabbing his mother, 54-year-old Mary Burrows, to death in their mobile home park, back in March.

In court Thursday, we heard from witnesses, as well as a 13-minute-long audio recording of Burrows talking to detectives, the night he was taken into custody.

On that interview tape, Burrows said he got into an argument with his mother about his drinking; he then admitted, on the tape, to stabbing her.

Officers in court said when they arrived to the mobile home at 1219 Patlin Court, they found Mary Burrows lying face down in her bedroom, in a pool of blood.

She apparently suffered multiple stab wounds to the neck and abdomen; investigators also detected signs of asphyxiation.

In that audio recording, when asked to describe the argument with his mother, we hear Burrows say, "I followed her into the bedroom and pushed her down”.

Burrows then described the butcher knife his mother was stabbed with, "It's from my kitchen.  It was big enough; about the size of a ruler," said Burrows.

Burrows' defense attorney, Gene Placidi, said although Michael confessed to the stabbing in that initial interview, there are more factors, such as a mental health history, that need to be examined.

"Nothing in there (the tape) surprised me, to be honest," said Placidi.  "Obviously that statement cuts both ways because there are some mental health issues that have to be explored in this case, as well as more of the investigation that needs to be completed at this time."

Detectives are still waiting on blood evidence to come back from the laboratory.

No word yet on when Burrows' trial will start.
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