A 27-year-old Saratoga County man was charged with second-degree murder Wednesday in the death of his mother, whom authorities say he savagely beat and buried under a shed near her mobile home.
Joshua P. Mcwain, of 370 Daniels Road, was arrested by the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department. Investigators said Carol L. Stanford, 59, Mcwain’s mother, was beaten early Saturday morning at Lot 20 of the Daniels Corners Mobile Home Park near the intersection of Daniels Road and Route 9N in the town of Greenfield. Mcwain and his mother shared the mobile home on Lot 20.
Police would not comment on Mcwain’s motive.
Saratoga County Corner John DeMartino said he was called to the mobile home park mid-morning Wednesday. He said Mcwain dug a hole in the ground under the shed where he placed the body.
The cause of death was not known Wednesday but Mcwain struck his mother “multiple times in the head with a blunt object,” according to a statement released by Saratoga County Sheriff James D. Bowen. An autopsy will be conducted on Stanford today at Albany Medical Center, DeMartino said.
Mcwain was arraigned in Greenfield Town Court and taken to the Saratoga County jail without bail.
Earlier this year, Mcwain pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny in Saratoga County Court in connection with incidents between June and September 2011 in the town of Greenfield. Court records indicate Mcwain stole $4,800 from a neighbor in the trailer park. He was ordered to make full restitution to the victim, according to court papers.
Greenfield town Supervisor Richard Rowland said Wednesday afternoon he hadn’t yet heard of the alleged murder.
“That’s a pretty quiet trailer park,” Rowland said about the Daniels Corners Mobile Home Park. He described the 37-lot park as well-maintained and not a location to which police are often called.
Greenfield is a rural town of 7,700 residents just northwest of Saratoga Springs.
Rowland said he recalled a young man killing an elderly woman in early 1994 at the Brookview Village Mobile Home Park, which is located on Route 9N a mile or so north of the Daniels Corners park. Jeffrey Sticht, then an 18-year-old high school student, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder for killing an elderly neighbor Feb. 9, 1994.
Sticht, who was a resident of Brookview park, was charged with murder for allegedly stabbing and clubbing Marjory Kinnicutt, 74, to death during a burglary of her home in the trailer park.