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Westerlo woman pleads not guilty to son's murder


ALBANY, N.Y. - A Westerlo mother accused of murdering her son pleaded not guilty in Albany County Court on Wednesday.

52-year-old Tracey Zetzsche has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of her son, 22-year old Gabriel Philby-Zetzsche, who was found allegedly murdered in their Westerlo apartment on July 30th.

Zetzsche is accused of stabbing Gabriel, who had cerebral palsy, multiple times and beating him over the head with a hammer. 

Officials with the Albany County Sheriff's Office believe Gabriel had been dead for at least three days before his body was found. They said Zetzsche continued to live in the apartment during that time.

A search warrant was issued for the home revealing there was an attempt to clean up the crime scene prior to officers' arrival. The sheriff's office says blood soaked clothes and bedding were found in the trash with the alleged murder weapons.

Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said Zetzsche told investigators at the time of her arrest, she could not remember what happened or how she obtained bruising and lacerations to her hands or body.

Albany County District Attorney David Soares says they have a strong case against Zetzsche, saying this is a clear case of domestic violence. October is domestic violence awareness month.

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