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LISTEN: Brave Boy Calls 911 After Mother, Grandmother Murdered

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On September 11, 2007, Tracy Burke and her mother, Karen Comer, were murdered in their Kentucky home. The next morning, her terrified but composed 9-year-old son called 911, and in a heartbreaking recording that can be heard below, explained what happened. The boy was unhurt, as were his infant sister and 4-year-old brother.

The following month, police arrested Tracy’s estranged husband, military policeman Brent Burke. He was tried four times, each time ending in a mistrial. After the fourth mistrial, the state dropepd charges against Burke. Because he was still considered an enlisted active duty military member, his case went to a military court. In May 2012, a military panel found Burke guilty of two counts of premeditated murder, as well as charges of breaking and entering and child endangerment.

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