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'Ugly Betty' actor Michael Brea kills mother with sword



tbd-michaelbrea112410.jpgWhat would Thanksgiving week be without an item about a bit actor on a canceled sitcom doing some horrendous? Try Ugly Betty's Michael Brea allegedly killing his own mother by stabbing her in the head with a Freemason ceremonial sword, then compound it by the fact it took the NYPD about an hour to finally break into his apartment to stop the attack.

"I heard Michael chanting and asking his mother if she believed in God," downstairs neighbor Clinton Clare told the New York Post about the death of Yannick Brea, 55. "He'd flipped out. I heard screams and called the police. They came 15 minutes later and would not knock down the door. They just kept standing there for 45 minutes. I think she’d be alive if they hadn’t taken so long."
Clare says cops kept asking him if he had a key to the apartment, but finally broke down the door around 2:20 a.m. Tuesday. They found Yannick with multiple stab wounds to her head (some reports say he chopped off her head, but we don't want to just say that). Michael was hit with a stun gun and taken to the hospital for psychiatric evaluation.
"I heard a shriek and a woman yelling 'help me,'" neighbor Vernal Bent said. "We called 911 and we kept hearing screams and then we didn’t hear them any more. Michael was chanting Biblical phrases and kept calling for Moses, Jerusalem and the 'architect of the universe.' I think he just snapped."
Michael, 31, has no prior criminal record.
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[Last modified: Tuesday, November 23, 2010 4:23pm]


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