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Man accused of murdering his mother pleads not guilty

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Albany/HV: Greenfield man arraigned in mother's murder
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More than a month after Sheriff’s deputies say he killed his own mother and hid her remains at their Greenfield home, a 27-year-old Saratoga County man is arraigned on murder charges. YNN’s Matt Hunter reports from the Saratoga County Courthouse.

BALLSTON SPA, NY – "I know that they had a difficult relationship but certainly no one anticipated that this kind of result would occur,” Saratoga County District Attorney James Murphy said.

Investigators say what started out as a small argument between a mother and son quickly turned violent and ultimately deadly inside their small home in Saratoga County.

"We're not going to characterize the event but it was over a domestic dispute, something many, many families argue over for nothing, these kinds of nonsensical arguments that turn into something more,” Murphy said.

On Friday morning, Joshua McWain, 27, was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to second degree murder and tampering with physical evidence charges, connected to the death of his mother, Carol Stanford, 59.

On October 31st, Sheriff’s deputies found her remains hidden at their Greenfield home, four days after he allegedly killed her.

"We know it's a blunt force trauma, we know what the murder weapon is, we're not discussing the details of the actual death or the blunt force or the weapon that was used but we are certain of that,” Murphy said.

McWain's attorney would not comment following the arraignment.

While some concern has been raised about his level of intelligence, prosecutors believe the 27-year-old is fit to stand trial.

“There are all kinds of people who commit all kinds of crimes, allegedly in this case, who fall on a continuous spectrum of intelligence,” Murphy said. “I think that in this particular case we have sufficient proof to show that we can meet our burden of proof here."

McWain remains in custody at the Saratoga County Jail without bail. His attorney was given 45 days to file motions.

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