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Long Island man pleads not guilty to killing mom with ax

Sean Farrell, 24, of Medford, is charged with second-degree murder in connection with his mother’s death, police say.
Photo Credit: Suffolk County Police Dept.

A Long Island man was held without bail Friday after pleading not guilty during a court appearance where prosecutors said he killed his mother after striking her with an ax numerous times, according to a WNBC-TV report.

Sean Farrell, 24, of Medford, was arraigned Jan. 24 on a charge of second-degree murder for the slaying of his 45-year-old mother, Bonnie Farrell. He was ordered remanded Friday to the Suffolk County jail without bail.

As reported, his mother’s lifeless body was found by her husband, Eric Connolly, 47, inside a bedroom of their home on Norway Pine Drive in Medford last month.

Farrell, a nursing supervisor at a nonprofit group that helps ailing children, died after her son struck her numerous times in the head with the blunt weapon, prosecutors allege. Police said last month that Farrell suffered a head injury and was pronounced dead at the scene.

In court documents, Farrell’s grandmother, Letitia Dunn, said he called her about a week after the killing and confessed.

“Sean told me he was scared and confused,” she said in a statement to police. “He told me he killed his mom, my daughter, and that he was selfish and should have killed himself.”

The phone call, Dunn told investigators, came in around 2 p.m. on Dec. 15. “He told me he had checked himself into a hospital but did not tell me where,” she said of her grandson. “The caller ID said Bellevue Hospital.”

Farrell’s attorney told WNBC-TV that his client has a history of schizophrenia, but disputed the supposed confession, saying he never admitted being involved in the crime.

After Farrell’s lifeless body was discovered on Dec. 9, detectives said they were interviewing her family members and other individuals who were around the home when the grisly discovery was made.

Det. Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, the commanding officer of the Suffolk County Police Homicide Squad, said there were five people in the home when Connolly found his wife dead. Fitzpatrick also said there was no evidence of forced entry into the home.

Farrell would not answer questions from reporters as he was walked out of a police precinct Thursday morning.

“It’s a long story,” he said. “I’m going to save it for the judge.”

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