Jury finds Flint man guilty of killing 70-year-old woman at Burton home

FLINT, MI — A Flint man has been found guilty in the November 2017 murder of a woman at her Burton home.

David H. Serges, 55, was found guilty by a jury Sept. 23 of first-degree premeditated murder in the death of 70-year-old Gail Anderson.

Officers with the Burton Police Department were called to a home around 10:40 a.m. Nov. 27, 2017 to the 2400 block of Clayward Drive, between Richfield and Weston roads, for a suspicious death.

Anderson was found deceased inside the home by her 96-year-old neighbor, according to a Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office news release.

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The incident was ruled a homicide by the Genesee County Medical Examiner’s Office, triggering an investigation by Burton police with assistance from the Michigan State Police Crime Lab.

Burton police Detective Eric Freeman previously said items tested by the lab included clothing and the potential weapon used in Anderson’s death.

Serges hit Anderson in the back of the head with a hammer, with the woman able to make her way back into the home, but she was knocked down several more times by the man, said a Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office news release.

A mistrial was declared in June 2019 after jurors were deadlocked, according to court records. A new jury was drawn two weeks ago as Genesee County Circuit Court began trials once again after they were halted amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Testimony at the trial noted Anderson suffered 11 separate blunt-force-trauma injuries to her head and face causing a skull fracture, a broken vertebrae, and four separate brain bleeds.

Serges had been in Anderson’s neighborhood looking for odd jobs from residents such as mowing lawns and had done some chores in the past for the victim.

“This was a gruesome crime scene that the victim’s neighbor came upon,” said Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton. “I cannot imagine the horror the victim suffered in her last moments and I am grateful the jury reached the verdict it did.”

Serges faces life in prison without the possibility of parole when he is sentenced Oct. 26 by Genesee Circuit Judge Elizabeth A. Kelly.

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