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Six charged with murder after Wellsville man was tied to chair, beaten to death

Five men and a teenager were arrested on murder charges in connection with the killing of an Allegany County man who was allegedly tied to a chair and beaten to death before his body was dumped in the Genesee River, according to the New York State Police.

Five arrests were made Monday and one on Tuesday in the killing of Nicholas A. Burdge, 23, of Wellsville, officials said. All of those arrested were also from Wellsville.

Troopers said Burdge's cause of death was from "multiple injuries that encompass blunt force and sharp force trauma" after the suspects tied him to a chair and beat him repeatedly at a home in the village of Wellsville.

Troopers said the suspects later took Burdge to the Genesee River to dump the body, which was found Saturday morning, wrapped in a sheet and plastic garbage bags, off the shore of the Genesee River in the town of Willing, about 6 miles south of Wellsville.

Arrested Sunday was Dylan L. Coomer, 26; Brandon J. Poehmel, 21; Lawrence C. Haxton III, 34; Howard M. Burroughs, 41; and a 16-year-old who was not identified. Arrested Monday was Kristopher Delill, 38. All six were charged with second-degree murder and first-degree manslaughter.

Troopers out of the State Police Amity station responded just after 10:15 a.m. Saturday to a report of a human body found on the shore of the Genesee River near Jack Bridge Road in Willing. The body was identified through tattoos and fingerprints, and interviews with family and friends of Burdge and others helped lead to the identity of the suspects, troopers said.

Also arrested were Richelle L. Kyser, 28, of Wellsville, who was charged with tampering with physical evidence, as well as a 17-year-old charged with third-degree assault.

All the adult suspects were arraigned at Allegany County Court. The teenagers were arraigned in Youth Court.

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