Police: Murder, Arson Suspect Says Mom Abused Him

A Griswold man charged with the murder of his mother and arson of their home told state police he killed her because she physically and sexually abused him for years, according to a newly released police report.

Carson Mueller, 34, is accused of strangling his mother, Denise Mueller, 69, and burning down the home they shared earlier this month.

See the affidavits here.

Mueller told investigators that his mother had abused him and he worried that she would do the same to his two children, the arrest warrant affidavit released Wednesday says.

The Muellers' house exploded and burned to the ground in the early morning hours of Jan. 5. Denise Mueller's body was found later the same day in a nearby forest after firefighters discovered a murder-suicide note.

Mueller had planned to kill himself with a shotgun after he set the house on fire, but he told troopers that he was thrown from the house when he lit a match and the room he was in exploded, state police said.

According to the affidavit, Carson Mueller wrote in the murder-suicide note that "I, Carson Mueller, have killed myself, and my mother, Denise Mueller." He then disclosed the location of the body in Pachaug State Forest before signing the note, police said.

The police report also says Mueller told investigators he strangled his mother a week before the fire, wrapped her in plastic and electrical tape, placed the body in a sled and drove to a part of the forest in Voluntown.

Mueller was arrested the same day as the fire after he was treated for burns to his feet at William W. Backus Hospital in Norwich, following a car accident in Franklin.

He is being held on $2 million bond and is set to appear in New London Superior Court on March 4.

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