GPD arrests man for fatal hotel stabbing

Stayable Select Hotel
Gainesville police officers arrested a man after he confessed to stabbing a woman to death at the Stayable Select Hotel on Saturday.
Brian Scott Burns
Courtesy Alachua County Jail Brian Scott Burns

Gainesville police officers arrested a man on Saturday who police say later confessed to murdering a female inside her hotel room.

According to a Gainesville Police Department (GPD) press release sent on Monday, officers responded to the Stayable Select hotel at 2900 SW 13th St. at 3:54 p.m. after receiving a phone call from a staff employee who was alerted to a deceased female inside of her room.

Officers established a crime scene due to the suspicious nature of the hotel room and a subsequent investigation identified Brian Scott Burns, 25, as someone who both knew the victim and had recently been in the room.

According to the release, officers located Burns around 9:34 p.m. walking through the hotel parking lot and arrested him on an unrelated warrant. After being transported to GPD, Burns confessed to murdering the female victim after the two had an argument, the release said. 

The arrest report identified the victim as Mary Williamson who was found in her hotel room with a trash bag over her head, a belt around her neck and lying in a pool of blood. 

Burns is being held in Alachua County Jail on a $2,052,000 bond. 

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