A South Orange County Municipal Court judge on Tuesday ordered a San Clemente man to stand trial on charges of suffocating his 76-year-old mother.
Clifford L. Burgess, 45, will be arraigned in Superior Court on April 4 and remains in custody on $250,000 bail. He was arrested earlier this month in connection with the Sept. 6, 1992, slaying of his mother, Mary Burgess, who died of suffocation, authorities said.
Burgess may enter a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity at his upcoming arraignment, his lawyer, Jack Earley, said Tuesday. Earley said his client has a history of severe depression and has been in and out of mental hospitals three times since his mother's death.
Burgess was first arrested in 1992, a few hours after his mother was found dead in her San Clemente home, but was released the next day because of a lack of evidence.