WARREN, Pa. (WIVB) — Michael Burham, the alleged rapist and arsonist also suspected in the Jamestown death of 34-year-old Kala Hodgkin this past May, was back in court Monday morning.
Burham’s preliminary hearing in Warren County pertained to his escape from a Pennsylvania prison, the state where he’s back in custody since mid-July following nine days on the run.
Prior to his prison escape, the man police described as a “self-taught survivalist” was found in South Carolina after allegedly kidnapping a couple in Pennsylvania at gunpoint. His capture took place on May 24, nearly two weeks after Hodgkin’s body was found by Jamestown police.
Nexstar contributor WJET says one of the people he allegedly kidnapped on May 20 gave testimony in court Monday morning, saying she had plans to attend her grandaughter’s soccer game before she and her 89-year-old husband were taken. WJET identified her as 68-year-old Jessica Anundson.
Since being brought back into custody, Burham is under watch 24 hours a day, with Erie County, Pennsylvania Executive Brenton Davis saying there’s “zero chance” he’ll get out this time.
During Monday’s court appearance, additional charges were added. WJET says Burham is facing “multiple counts related to the kidnapping” and “a felony count of criminal conspiracy related to his escape on July 6.”
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