Court documents: Medford man killed mom with ax

Bonnie Farrell, left, is seen in an undated

Bonnie Farrell, left, is seen in an undated photo. Police escort Sean Farrell out of the Fifth Precinct in Patchogue. Farrell, 24, was arrested and charged with second-degree murder in the death of his mother, Bonnie Farrell, 45, inside their Medford home, police said. (Jan. 24, 2014) (Credit: Handout and Ed Betz)

A young man killed his mother in their Medford home last month with several blows of an ax, then checked himself into a psychiatric hospital, according to court documents filed Friday.

Sean Farrell, 24, called his grandmother from the hospital several days later and told her he was scared and confused when he killed Bonnie Farrell, 45, on Dec. 9 in their home on Norway Pine Drive, court papers say.

The grandmother, Letitia Dunn, 69, of Medford, recounted that conversation the following day, Dec. 16, to a detective in a police car outside her home on Syracuse Avenue.


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"Sean told me he was scared and confused," the statement reads. "He told me he killed his mom, my daughter, and that he was selfish and should have killed himself."

Suffolk police arrested Farrell on Thursday. He pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder in First District Court in Central Islip Friday.

Judge G. Ann Spelman ordered him held without bail. At the request of defense attorney Daniel Russo of Westhampton Beach, the judge ordered a suicide watch for Farrell.

Russo said outside court that Farrell "appears to suffer from some form of schizophrenia," and that he had checked himself into Bellevue Hospital Center in Manhattan last month.

Farrell did not speak during the brief court appearance. As he was led in handcuffs from the Fifth Precinct earlier in the day, he told reporters and photographers: "It's a long story. I'm going to save it for the judge."

Russo said he was appointed by the court to represent Farrell and met him for the first time minutes before the arraignment.

Assistant District Attorney Rafael Pearl told the judge that Farrell struck his mother with the ax "several times," and that he had no employment history.

The victim's husband, Eric Connolly, 47, found the body on the floor of a bedroom; she was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Bonnie Farrell worked as a nursing supervisor at Angela's House in Hauppauge, a nonprofit that assists families with ailing children.

A woman who answered the door at the Farrell home Friday declined to comment.

Neighbor Adrienne Issebacher, 41, a pharmaceutical representative, said it was "a relief" for residents to find out a killer wasn't on the loose.

"On the other side of it," she said, "it was still tragic."

With Siobhan Barton

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