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Minneapolis man charged with murdering his 89-year-old mother

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A Minneapolis man has been charged with second-degree murder in the death of his 89-year-old mother, who was found dead in her Minneapolis apartment Friday.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced the charges Monday against 62-year-old Michael Gallagher of Minneapolis, who admitted to police that he killed Patricia Ann Gallagher Thursday evening.

According to the criminal complaint, Gallagher was at his mother's apartment on Marquette Avenue Thursday to help with household chores, and was upset because he couldn't get rid of a bedbug infestation in the apartment. He was also concerned the landlord would not renew his mother's lease.

The complaint says Gallagher grabbed a sculpture and hit his mother in the head several times while she was lying down.

He made several more attempts to kill her, including smothering her with a pillow, strangling her with his hands and suffocating her with a garbage bag over her face until she died.

Gallagher called 911 several hours later and told the dispatcher he had killed his mother, according to the criminal complaint.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined that Patricia Gallagher died of "complex homicidal violence."

Michael Gallagher is expected to make his first court appearance Tuesday and prosecutors are seeking bail of $2 million. He remains in custody in the Hennepin County Jail.

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