SCOTIA, N.Y. – Police in the village of Scotia say they have arrested a 20-year-old man suspected of killing his mother shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday inside their home, located at 277 North Ballston Avenue.
Jeffrey Steele is charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of his mother, 59-year-old Theresa Bernard. District Attorney Robert Carney says the woman was found dead in her bed Sunday morning.
Carney says police came into contact with Steele before they had even discovered that his mother had been murdered.
"It was some alert observations by a Scotia Patrol Officer who was on patrol and saw a man walking," he explained. Carney says Steele was seen covered in blood walking from the home carrying a military knife in his right hand.
"She was killed in her bedroom. The circumstances surrounding it or why he did it I really couldn't speculate on at this time," Carney said.
Scotia police say Bernard's husband, Steele's stepfather, was home at the time of the murder and called 911 when they say he found
his wife dead.
Bernard was an employee at the State Office of Medicaid Inspector General. The office released the following statement Monday: "We can confirm that Theresa Bernard was a nurse for the Office of Medicaid Inspector General and we are all saddened by the situation."
Steele was arraigned on Sunday and remanded to the Schenectady County Jail without bail.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by the Scotia and Glenville Police departments, New York State Police and the Schenectady County District Attorney's Office.