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M.A. Burris waives speedy trial right

Published 11:09am Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Michael Alan Burris, the man accused of murdering his nephew, waived his right to a speedy trial when he appeared in Otter Tail County District Court Tuesday.

Michael Alan Burris, 65, is charged with felony second-degree murder. His attorney waived the speedy trial demand and asked for 90 days to review the information and evidence in the case.

Michael Alan Burris’ next court appearance is scheduled May 27 for an omnibus hearing.

He’s accused of murdering his nephew, Scott Burris, who died from a single gunshot wound in May 2012. Michael Kyle Burris, 24, is also charged in the case with felony second-degree murder and felony aiding an offender-accomplice after the fact.

Michael Alan Burris remains in the Otter Tail County Jail on $1 million bail, set previously.

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, 33, was listed as a missing person until he was found June 15, 2012 in the Otter Tail River west of Orwell Dam.

Michael Alan Burris allegedly asked his son to help move the body off the rocks next to the water at Orwell Dam. Michael Kyle Burris allegedly helped drop off the van on a minimum maintenance road and then helped push Scott Burris’ body into the river.

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.

Michael Alan Burris was arrested in August in Arizona, remained in Maricopa County Jail since his arrest and chose to fight extradition. He waived extradition last month and returned to Minnesota following the process of a Governor’s Warrant.

Michael Kyle Burris waived extradition in October and was returned to Minnesota. He had been in the Otter Tail County Jail, but was moved to another jail when his father was returned.

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