M.K. Burris back in court [UPDATED]Published 11:00am Wednesday, November 6, 2013 Updated 12:03pm Wednesday, November 6, 2013
One of the two men charged with murdering his relative had his initial court appearance Monday in Otter Tail County District Court.
Michael Kyle Burris, 23, formerly of Fergus Falls, faces a felony second-degree murder charge in connection with the death of his cousin.
The next court appearance for Michael Kyle Burris has been scheduled for Dec. 30. He remains in the Otter Tail County Jail on $1 million bail.
Michael Kyle Burris and his father, Michael Alan Burris, 65, formerly of Fergus Falls, were arrested Aug. 12 in Mesa, Ariz., for the murder of Scott Burris, who died from a single gunshot wound last year.
Initially, both men chose to fight extradition in Maricopa County Superior Court in Arizona. Michael Kyle Burris waived extradition at an Oct. 11 hearing.
Michael Alan Burris is still fighting extradition and remains in the Maricopa County Jail. Nov. 8 is the deadline to complete the necessary paperwork to return him to Minnesota, following the process of a governor’s warrant.
He’s also been charged with felony second-degree murder.
The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office started its investigation in the case 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 complaints, an inmate in the Otter Tail County Jail told authorities that around March 2012 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.