NEW YORK – An actor accused of hacking his mother to death with a sword has been arraigned in New York City on charges of second-degree murder.
Michael Brea did not speak as he was arraigned Friday from the hospital prison ward where he has been under evaluation since his Nov. 23 arrest. He did not enter a plea. His lawyer didn't immediately return a call seeking comment.
Prosecutors say he was also charged with criminal possession of a weapon for the 3-foot sword he had at his Brooklyn apartment when he was arrested. Police say he snapped and slashed his mother, Yanick, to death.
Brea had small roles in ABC's now-canceled show "Ugly Betty" and the movie "Step Up 3D." He told the Daily News of New York that he had been hearing voices before the attack.