- Associated Press - Thursday, April 27, 2017

EDEN, N.Y. (AP) - A man has pleaded not guilty to murder in the shooting death of his elderly mother inside their rural western New York home.

Wayne Kozak was returned to western New York and arraigned in Eden Town Court Wednesday after being arrested last week in a motel in Erie, Pennsylvania, about 75 miles away.

The April 20 arrest followed the discovery earlier in the day of Mary Louise Kozak’s body. Police say the 79-year-old is the small town’s first murder victim in 30 years.

Wayne Kozak’s attorney, Emily Trott, says Thursday that the 48-year-old son has lived with his mother since breaking his neck in an accident. She says the injury changed him physically and psychologically.


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