New details have been released in the case of a 28-year-old New Castle man accused of killing his father last month.
Police were called to an auto shop on State Street in Union Township around 2 a.m. Aug. 22 for the report of a possible homicide.
Upon arriving at the scene, officers found Michael Burelli and his 52-year-old father, Charles Burelli. Charles Burelli was pronounced dead at the scene with several apparent gunshot wounds.
Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz reported that investigators told her the Burellis, who were in business together, had gotten into an argument over a girl, and Michael shot Charles several times.
In court on Tuesday, Michael Burelli said he got into a fight with his dad and his father pushed him to the ground. As he was getting up, Michael Burelli said his father reached for a nearby gun, so he shot him in self-defense.
Authorities said when police arrived, Michael Burelli was trying to get rid of his father’s body. Police said he put a bag over his father’s head, wrapped him up and was in the process of putting him in the back of his car.
According to police, Michael Burelli hid the weapon in a safe at the family’s well-known doughnut shop.
“You heard the testimony in there. You can figure it out, but we’re not going to get into details,” defense attorney Dennis Elisco said when asked if he was trying to portray self-defense for his client.
Investigators said Tuesday in court that they spoke with Michael Burelli for more than five hours, and he was very cooperative and never denied shooting his father.
“It’s a sad case all around. This is a family tragedy,” Elisco said.