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Jury trial in Wellsville murder moved to Erie County for prosecution

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Nicholas Burdge was murdered in early 2020

By Michael T. Baldwin

The murder of Nicholas Burdge inside his Main Street apartment in Wellsville is still pending trial. Seven people have faced court action.

The lone remaining suspect, Howard Burroughs, pictured above, remains in the Allegany County Jail without bail. He is seeking a jury trial. The Allegany County Assistant District Attorney handing the case is no longer with the office. The case has now been transferred to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

It was a crime that even shocked tenured law enforcement professionals. In March 2020, State Police were called when a body, inside a garbage bag, was found in the Genesee River. The investigation resulted in the arrest of eight people and police discovered a young man was savagely beaten inside his North Main Street apartment, dragged to a vehicle…and dumped.

The jury trial is expected to begin later this year. The case is one of the overall worst murder cases in Allegany County history.

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