(VIDEO) Son Kills Father in Sugarcreek Township

George Burdette III is led in shackles following his arraignment Saturday afternoon on charges he murdered his father at their Sugarcreek Township home.

by David Croyle

A 30-year-old Sugarcreek Township man was arraigned on Saturday for the death of his father.

George Burdette III is accused of murdering his father, 59-year-old George Burdete Jr., at his home on July 12, according to District Attorney Scott Andreassi.

“Based on the investigation, we believe it happened this way. On the evening of July 11th late, we believe that Burdette Jr. and Burdette III got into a dispute. We believe that is when the homicide occurred,” Andreassi said.

Police found George Burdette Jr., 59, dead in a wooded area of Sugarcreek Township early Saturday morning.

The father, son, and son’s girlfriend, 28-year-old Cheyanna Lebaron, were living at the father’s trailer located at 291 Little Road. According to a statement given to police by Lebaron, the son entered his father’s house with a wooden baseball bat at approximately 11PM. The father was on the couch. The son took a cup of bleach and threw it into the father’s face to disorient him. Then the son began to strike the father on the head with the bat. The father lost consciousness after several blows. The son and Lebaron stayed the night until about 5AM. The couple then took the father’s body and drove it to a wooded area about two miles from the residence just off of Burns Hill Road in Sugarcreek Township. They used a metal dolly to move his body further into the woods.

According the Andreassi, the couple returned to the residence. Lebaron stated that the son then lit a mattress on fire.

“We believe that Burdette III set the trailer on fire. That phone call came in to 9-1-1 reporting the fire at approximately 6AM on July 12.”

Pennsylvania State Police Crime Section Sgt. Rick Fennell said other family members became concerned when the father could not be reached on his cell phone after the fire. The son told police that he had seen his father leave in a blue Pontiac Sunfire vehicle with an unknown woman. On July 13, his niece, Laura Krizmanich, filed a missing person report, relating their concern.

Meanwhile, on Friday evening, July 14, the son was arrested on unrelated charges of possession of a gun by a felon. The son had been incarcerated in the state penitentiary for robbery. He had been living with his father since his release several months ago.

Lebaron took police at 3AM on Saturday, July 15 to the wooded area and showed them the location of the body. The metal dolly was located a short distance from the body.

Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers said an autopsy was performed by Dr. Cyril Wecht confirming the cause of death to be blunt force trauma to the head.

The son was arraigned at approximately 12 noon on Saturday in the courtroom of District Magisterial Judge Gary DeComo in Ford City. He was then brought back to the Pennsylvania State Police Kittanning barracks for processing before returning to the Armstrong County Jail.

Andreassi said that Lebaron cooperated with police and would not comment if future charges would be filed against her as an accomplice to the murder.

At a Saturday afternoon press conference, news media learned of the brutal murder of George Burdette Jr. In photo (L-R) Armstrong County Coroner Brian Myers, Pennsylvania State Police Crime Section Sgt. Rick Fennell, and Armstrong County District Attorney Scott Andreassi.

3 comments on “(VIDEO) Son Kills Father in Sugarcreek Township
  1. mark says:

    Horses Run Wild, the county cannot afford to keep/house them. One reason MIGHT be the $3.4 million they spent on legal fees from 2012 to date. There`s some rich lawyers out there somewhere loving our administrations. LOL!

  2. jd718 says:

    Drugs, Drugs, Drugs and mental health issues! Armstrong County, look out!

  3. Horsesrunwild says:

    I Hope, with All My Heart, That You Freaking Rot in Jail…Do you think you have a problem yet Kittanning? How about keeping these drug addicts in jail, no you all let them out…two, three, four and five times. The addicts are destroying or should I say, have really destroyed Armstrong County. 2nd highest opioid death rate per county in Pennsylvania. Yeh, those gas wells are doing our citizens a lot of good, money flying everywhere…LOL, LOL, LOL… Trinidad, CO brought in over 2 million, yes 2 million dollars for it’s own city in tax dollars for MJ sales. It is only the size of Kittanning….LOL….LOL….Look them up on Facebook, plus their police dept. is on Facebook. They even list every single patrol call. Let us see Kittanning or Ford City do this…no they are to ashamed to admit what is really going on in our towns…Cowards, the whole lot of you. Keep the Freaking Addicts OFF The Streets…..

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