Murder suspects fight extradition

Published 11:00am Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The father and son arrested for the murder of Scott Burris, who died from a single gunshot wound last year, decided to fight extradition during a hearing Aug. 23 in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Michael Alan Burris, 64, and Michael Kyle Burris, 23, both formerly of Fergus Falls, were arrested Aug. 12 in Mesa, Ariz. by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. They’ve each been charged with one felony count of second-degree murder. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. They remain in the Maricopa County Jail.

It’s always the defendant’s choice to waive extradition, and 99 percent of the time, people choose to waive extradition, according to Assistant Otter Tail County Attorney Michelle Eldien.

“They’re not waiving,” Eldien said of the Burris murder suspects. “It really doesn’t happen very often. It’s not something we do every day.”

The next step is getting the governor’s offices involved in both Minnesota and Arizona in order to issue a Governor’s Warrant to bring Michael Alan Burris and Michael Kyle Burris back to Minnesota to face the murder charges.

The Otter Tail County Attorney’s Office will send paperwork to the Minnesota governor’s office, which will then send paperwork to the Arizona governor’s office. Eventually, there would be a document from the Arizona governor approving the Minnesota governor’s request for extradition, according to Eldien.

Arizona will hold the suspects for 90 days in order to allow for this process and the warrant to be issued.

The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office started its investigation May 24, 2012 when an abandoned vehicle with blood inside was found north of Elizabeth. Scott Burris was listed as a missing person until he was found June 15, 2012 in the Otter Tail River west of Orwell Dam.

According to the criminal complaint, an inmate in the Otter Tail County Jail told authorities that around March 2013 Michael Kyle Burris said he and his dad killed his cousin because of a drug debt in which Scott Burris reportedly owed his uncle about $20,000.

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