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Updated: 04/03/2014 08:00:02AM

DeSoto family tragedy

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JoAnn Burnham's Facebook page shows a photo of her with her husband, George, around the time of their 50th wedding anniversary. The DeSoto County Sheriff's Office alleges their 49-year-old son, Karl, beat George to death Thursday, and critically injured JoAnn. Karl later was taken into custody after he and the couple's Lexus were found in Orange County, Fla.

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The Burnham home, on the 2400 block of Northwest Owens Avenue in DeSoto County, was marked off with crime scene tape Friday morning. George Burnham was discovered dead Thursday, and his wife, JoAnn, with critical injuries, allegedly at the hand of their son, Karl.

By SUSAN E. HOFFMAN

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A tragic family tale unfolded last Thursday night when George Burnham was killed and his wife, JoAnn, was severely beaten, allegedly by their son, Karl Edward Burnham, according to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office.

New information from the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office states that Karl Burnham, 49, entered a room in his parents’ home in the 2400 block of N.W. Owens Avenue and began attacking his mother, JoAnn Burnham, 72, with a wooden hammer. When her husband, 79-year-old George Burnham, came to her defense, Karl attacked him as well. Karl Burnham then took off with his parents’ car, a 2012 Lexus.

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