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Published August 13, 2013, 06:13 PM

Arrests made in a Fergus Falls murder investigation

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There is a bombshell development tonight in a Fergus Falls murder investigation. For more than a year Otter Tail Authorities have been trying to piece together who killed Scott Burris. Tonight, his cousin and uncle are being held in Mesa, Arizona in connection with the shooting death.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - There is a bombshell development tonight in a Fergus Falls murder investigation. For more than a year Otter Tail Authorities have been trying to piece together who killed Scott Burris. Tonight, his cousin and uncle are being held in Mesa, Arizona in connection with the shooting death.

For the last 15 months, only rumors and whispers swirled around the mysterious death of Scott Burris. His body was found in the Otter Tail River near Fergus Falls in May of 2012. Tonight, Scott's uncle Michael Alan Burris and Scott's cousin Michael Kyle Burris are in an Arizona jail after leaving Fergus Falls suddenly weeks ago.

Brian Schlueter - Otter Tail County Sheriff: "We never gave up, and it was a complex case. It's one of those cases where people went out of their way to cover things up."

Through this court complaint the story behind the killing is becoming clear. Drugs and money, and even blood family, allegedly did not prevent the execution style shooting.

Brian Schlueter: "I don't know if they were partners, but they were dealing narcotics together."

There are many pieces to this puzzle, including Scott Burris's cell phone. Verizon tells authorities the last time Scott's cell was on or used was at the home of his uncle and cousin.

Witnesses and suspects the last few months purposely put up roadblocks and were not forthright with authorities when questioned.

Michelle Eldien - Assistant Otter Tail County Attorney: "The unfortunate part is, you actually have a dead person. With a death you would hope for more cooperation, but unfortunately, as Sheriff Schleuter talks about, it's a combination with narcotics and drugs. You just don't get that."

We talked with Burris' father this afternoon at his home near Otter Tail. Roger Burris is battling multiple health problems, but he did tell us he has one question: Why? His brother; his nephew, now charged in the death of his son.

Scott's father, Roger Burris, was on WDAY 6 News hours after Scott's body was found in the river.

Roger Burris - Scott's Father: "To me, he was a good son. Always treated me well."

Now, Scott's father says, he wants his brother and his nephew to come clean.

A hearing will now be scheduled to see if the two men will be brought back to Fergus to face the charges or if they will fight extradition.

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