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Man Accused in the Death of His Mother to Face Grand Jury

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Rochester: Man Accused in the Death of His Mother to Face Grand Jury
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The case of the Wayne County man charged in connection with the death of his mother, will go to a grand jury.

Fifty-year-old Daniel Burkwit of Huron is charged with second degree manslaughter.

Prosecutors say he pushed his mother, Marcia Burkwit, causing her to fall down the basement stairs and break her neck.

The incident happened in their home in Huron in October. Marcia's body was found days later covered in leaves in a wooded area about a mile from the house.

Burkwit pleaded not guilty to manslaughter charges.

An inmate at the jail testified in court that Burkwit told him he was sorry for killing his mother.

Friday morning during a preliminary hearing, a judge ruled there is enough reasonable cause to hold Burkwit.

'We allege that he caused her to go down the stairs and by telling the inmate that, it was consistent with his behavior afterwards," said Rick Healy, Wayne County District Attorney.

"My client had a very close relationshiip with his mother. He lived with her on/off and the last 15 years and he repeatedly stated to police that she was his best friend. I think he was devastated," said Sarah Wesley, defense attorney.

The case now goes to a Wayne County Grand Jury.

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