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'Ugly Betty' Actor Says He Killed Mother Because She Was Possessed

Photo Courtesy - WABC-TV New York(NEW YORK) -- The New York City actor who eviscerated his mother with a ceremonial Freemason sword two days before Thanksgiving believes he did not kill the woman who raised him but the demon who possessed her, according to a report.

In an interview with the New York Daily News from the psychiatric ward of the hospital police brought him to Tuesday, Michael Brea, 31, said he heard voices telling him to kill his mother and he believed he was doing God's work.

Brea was arrested early Tuesday morning after neighbors called police to the Brooklyn apartment he shared with his mother, Yannick Brea, 55, when they heard the woman shrieking in pain as her son allegedly slashed her with the 3-foot-long sword.

Police entered Brea's home Tuesday and found him in a back bedroom covered in his mother's blood.

The actor, who played a bit part in the ABC show Ugly Betty, said he began having paranoid visions and hearing voices days after joining a Masonic lodge in Harlem.

Prosecutors told ABC News a court date and arraignment are pending approval from the hospital.

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'Ugly Betty' Actor Killed Mother with Ornate Sword, Cops Say

Photo Courtesy -- WABC News(NEW YORK) -- A bit actor who appeared on the show "Ugly Betty" stabbed his mother to death with a 3-foot-long ceremonial sword, police and witnesses said Wednesday.

Cops were called early Tuesday morning to the Brooklyn home of Michael Brea, 31, and his mother, Yannick Brea, 55, after neighbors awoke to the woman's shrill cries -- when, they believe, she was being slashed to death. Police arrived to find a bloodbath and the actor raving and barricaded in a bedroom.
"What woke me up was a shriek of his mother. That's what woke me up," neighbor Vernal Bent told ABC News affiliate WABC.

Bent said he heard the man yelling references to the Bible and Freemasonry.

"Like Jerusalem, Jesus, Aaron...Then the last like line I caught from him was the greatest architect of the universe," Bent said.

Freemasons sometimes refer to God as the "great architect of the universe." Some local media have reported that the sword was an ornate saber used in Masonic ceremonies.

Police said they entered the home and found Brea clutching the blood-covered sword and still rambling. Cops Tased him and called in a special unit that handles the arrests of people believed to be psychologically disturbed.
Brea was removed from the house on a stretcher and taken to the psychiatric ward at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. He has been charged with murder and weapons possession.

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