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Posted on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 8:24 a.m.

U-M student's murder trial: Blood, no signs of force entry at scene, detective says

By Cindy Heflin

A detective testifying in the trial of Jeffrey Pyne, who is accused of killing his mother, said he saw a lot of blood at the crime scene and no signs of forced entry, the Detroit News reported.

Ruth Pyne, 51, was found on the garage floor of the family’s home in Highland Township in May 2011.

Police allege Jeffrey Pyne, 22, a University of Michigan student, killed his mother after becoming angry about her mental illness, The News reported.

Oakland County Sheriff's Detective Steven Zdravkowski, who testified Monday, talked about checking the exterior of the house and doing a room-by-room sweep with another officer in a search for other victims or suspects, The News reported. They found neither.

Zdravaovski also told jurors that Ruth Pyne's husband had called him to the house several days after the killing to point out that cash in the home had not been taken during the crime, but other items, including a box cutter, two board and a screwdriver, had, the Detroit Free Press reported.



Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 4:21 p.m.

I have no idea what the dynamics were in this family other than the fact that the mother was mentally ill and attacked the son weeks prior to her death. She actually spent time in jail for the attack. Although I will be vilified for saying this, I would imagine it was hard on this young man to live with his mother's mental illness and I could see where it could just become unbearable depending on the severity of her illness. I am in no way saying what he did was right, but I could see just breaking. We had a mentally ill neighbor who was terrorizing us and the stress was overwhelming. No one could/would help us because the rights of the mentally ill are paramount. Imagine having to deal with it every day with someone you live with. There really needs to be more resources for the families of the mentally ill - ways they can learn to deal with the illness, manage the day-to-day stress, and understand what the rights are of everyone involved. Unfortunately, in our society, mentally ill people get a pass on their behavior until something like this happens.

Monica McCluskey

Fri, Nov 23, 2012 : 1:09 p.m.

Well said

music to my ear

Tue, Nov 20, 2012 : 3:20 p.m.

NO one wants to comment on this story it is just to sad,if he did kill his mom he will feel guilt later it was something done "in the moment" that can never be taken back ,people just need to walk away, but we hear everyday someone has been murderer