Major James M. Hall
Troop A Commander
On March 23, 2020 the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) out of SP Amity with the assistance of Wellsville Police Department arrested Dylan L. Coomer, 26, Brandon J. Poehmel, 21, Lawrence C. Haxton III, 34, Howard M. Burroughs, 41 and a 16-year-old juvenile all of Wellsville, NY for Murder 2nd degree (A Felony) and Manslaughter 1st degree (B Felony). Richelle L. Kyser, 28 of Wellsville, NY was arrested for Tampering with Physical Evidence (E Felony).
On March 24, 2020 The BCI arrested Kristopher Delill, 38 for Murder 2nd degree (A Felony) and Manslaughter 1st degree (B Felony) and a 17-year-old juvenile for Assault 3rd degree.
On March 22, 2020 at 10:19 A.M., Troopers out of SP Amity responded to a found human body off the shore of the Genesee River by Jack Bridge Road in the town of Willing. The body was wrapped in a sheet and plastic garbage bags. The NYSP Forensic Identification Unit (FIU) and the BCI responded to process the crime scene. The Underwater Recovery Unit checked the Genesee River for further evidence. A fingerprint FIU analyzed, tattoos and the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office information as Nicholas A. Burdge, 23 of Wellsville, NY, identified the deceased.
Further investigation by the BCI including area interviews and interviews with family and friends of Burdge lead to the identity of the suspects. Burdge cause of death was from multiple injuries that encompass blunt force and sharp force trauma after the suspects tied him to a chair and beat him repeatedly at a residence in the village of Wellsville. The suspects later took Burdge to the Genesee River to dump the body.
All the adult suspects were arraigned at Allegany County Court and the Juvenile was arraigned in Youth Court.
NYSP Forensic Identification Unit, Underwater Recovery Unit, Wellsville Police Department and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office.