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Eight charged in Southern Tier murder case after body found in garbage bags

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Eight people were arrested by New York State Police on Monday after a body was found Sunday morning on the shore of the Genesee River on the New York-Pennsylvania border. (MGN Online)

(WHAM) - Eight people were arrested by New York State Police on Monday after a body was found Sunday morning on the shore of the Genesee River on the New York-Pennsylvania border.

The investigation centered around the town of Willing in Allegany County. Willing is a town located directly on the New York - Pennsylvania border, approximately 30 miles southwest of Hornell.

On Sunday morning, State Police were called to Jack Bridge Road along the Genesee River for the report of a human body. When troopers arrived, they found a human body wrapped in a sheet and plastic bags.

Forensic analysis determined the person who had been killed was Nicholas Burdge, a 23-year-old man from Wellsville. He died of blunt force and sharp force trauma.

Investigators were able to interview Burdge's family and friends and develop suspects and a motive. Within two days, Wellsville Police and State Police arrested 26-year-old Dylan Coomer, 21-year-old Brandon Poehmel, 34-year-old Lawrence Haxton III, 41-year-old Howard Burroughs, 38-year-old Kristopher Delill, a 17-year-old suspect, and a 16-year-old suspect in connection with the homicide.

All seven are accused of tying Burdge to a chair and beating him to death at a home in Wellsville. They are accused of taking his body to the river to dump his body.

Each suspect was charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter, with the exception of the 17-year-old suspect. That person was charged with third-degree assault.

An eighth suspect, 28-year-old Richelle Kyser, was charged with felony tampering with physical evidence.

All the adult suspects were arraigned at Allegany County Court; the teens were arraigned in Youth Court.

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