Abington man to stand trial in mother's killing

Posted: September 06, 2007

A 21-year-old Abington man has been ordered to stand trial in the stabbing death of his mother last month.

A judge ruled yesterday that Bucks County prosecutors have enough evidence to take Patrick Hughes Bygott to trial for the Aug. 16 slaying of his mother, Ellen.

Ellen Hughes Bygott was killed in the home of her 90-year-old mother, with whom she lived in Bensalem. The defendant's grandmother had minor injuries.

Assistant District Attorney David Zellis said Bygott's statement to police indicated two possible motives. He told authorities he believed his mother was sickly, so Zellis said it may have been a mercy killing. Zellis said Bygott also talked about how enraged he was.- AP

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