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Son charged in mothers death

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By Brent Schanding

Landmark News Service

A 55-year-old mentally handicapped man was arrested for murder Friday night after police say he bludgeoned his mother to death at their Eminence home.

Maralyn "Lynn" Burchett, 78, was found dead by family members at her Shadyview Drive home sometime Friday afternoon.

Burchett's son, Warren D. Stone, was charged with capital murder in her slaying after police stated he confessed to the crime.

"There was an argument and he killed her," Eminence Police Chief Carey Duncan said.

Henry County Coroner Jimmy Pollard confirmed the woman was beaten to death, in records filed in District Court.

Warrants reveal that police confiscated a lamp from the victim's living room, along with 50 other items. Blood samples found on the wall and floor could give investigators more clues about what happened that afternoon.

Stone is being lodged at the Carroll County Regional Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

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