A 62-year-old Minneapolis man was charged Monday with killing his mother in her downtown apartment after he went there to help her with chores.
Michael Gallagher was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Patricia Ann Gallagher, 89. He is expected to make his first court appearance on Tuesday, when prosecutors will ask for bail of $2 million, according to Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman.
Gallagher reportedly called 911 Friday morning and told the dispatcher he had killed his mother, according to the criminal complaint. He surrendered to police when they arrived shortly after 9 a.m.
According to the complaint, Gallagher went to his mother’s apartment on the 100 block of Marquette Avenue on Thursday to help clean and do other chores. He reportedly told police he was despondent because nothing he did to get rid of the bedbugs in her apartment seemed to work. He also reportedly was convinced that the landlord wouldn’t renew his mother’s lease and that he would have to move all her things.
According to the charges, he beat her on the head with a sculpture of himself. He also tried to smother her with a pillow, strangle her with his hands and suffocate her with a garbage bag, the complaint said.
Mary Lynn Smith