Gainesville man accused of stabbing his girlfriend to death

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Published: Jul. 10, 2022 at 7:43 PM EDT
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - A man from Gainesville was arrested after stabbing his girlfriend to death and then attempting to get rid of the evidence, according to his arrest report.

Brian Burns, 25, was arrested early Saturday morning after witnesses found the body of his “on and off girlfriend” Mary Williamson at the Stayable Select Hotel on Southwest 13th Street.

Burns was arrested in the parking lot on an unrelated warrant. When asked about the murder, Burns initially denied it, but then admitted to stabbing the victim three times with a letter opener.

He then attempted to get rid of his DNA by cleaning the scene with bleach.

Burns is being held in the Alachua County jail on charges of murder and destruction of evidence. His bond is set at more than $2 million.

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