Fergus Falls murder 'bombshell': Uncle, cousin arrested

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More than a year after the body of Scott Burris was discovered in a river near Fergus Falls, his uncle and cousin were charged Monday night with killing the 33-year-old – reportedly over about $20,000 he owed them in drug money.

WDAY-TV in Fargo says it's "a bombshell development" - for more than a year, Otter Tail Authorities have been trying to piece together who killed Burris.

Forum News reports out of Fargo-Moorhead that Michael Alan Burris, 64, and his son, Michael Kyle Burris, 23, were arrested on Monday in Mesa, Ariz., where they moved earlier this year amidst an investigation that had circled around them for months.

Valley News Live talks to Roger Burris, the father of Scott Burris, who says he "feels like horse manure," Valley News reports, because not only did he lose his son but now his brother and nephew are the suspects in jail.

According to court records, Forum reports, police interviewed the uncle and his son at least a half dozen times, suspecting early on that the three - including Scott - were all involved in drug dealing together.

At one point, law enforcement even administered lie detector tests on the uncle and cousin, Forum says, which they failed, and set up a secretly recorded phone call in which Scott’s dad tried to get his brother to admit to the killing.

“I thought maybe you would tell me the truth but I guess you won’t. So you got anything to tell me?” Roger Burris, Scott’s father, asked his brother, Michael Alan Burris, during the Aug. 2 call set up by police.

The body was found June 15, 2012, by people swimming and tubing the Otter Tail River. The autopsy revealed Scott Burris died from a small caliber gunshot to his head behind his right ear.

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