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Testimony reveals new details in alleged mother murder

Posted at: 05/10/2013 4:40 PM
Updated at: 05/10/2013 6:17 PM
By: Mark Mulholland



BALLSTON SPA - Carol Stanford was 59-years old, when her lifeless body was found buried in a shallow hole under the shed behind her trailer on Daniels Road in Greenfield.

And prosecutors say her son, 27-year-old Joshua McWain, killed her and put her there.

McWain is accused of second degree murder and tampering with evidence.

"He intentionally killed his mother and he used a a basic household appliance," Jim Murphy, Saratoga County District Attorney.

Friday afternoon, inside a Saratoga County Courtroom that a judge says is off-limits to cameras, police offered startling new information about how Carol Stanford was killed.

Investigators say McWain fought with his mom because she wanted him to do more chores or move out.

They say he used a floor buffer and a vacuum cleaner to bludgeon her to death.

Investigator Curtis Brand testifying that McWain told him, "She's under the shed. I hit her in the head with a floor buffer."

Brand said McWain told him that he put his mother's body in a sleeping bag and buried it in a hole he dug beneath their shed. The investigator says McWain visited his mother's body several times, saying, "Over the next couple days, he added mementos to the hole, including a 'world's greatest mother' statue."

The defense attorney, Oscar Schreiber, questioned police about McWain's mental capacity.

But the D.A. says McWain is fit to stand trial.

"And he is capable of participating in his own defense," said Murphy. "And he is capable of understanding the nature of the charges against him, which is a legal standard that we have to make sure the defendant meets in order to even proceed with the charges."