Man charged in death of original Mouseketeer calls charges ‘messed up’

The man accused of causing the death of an original Mouseketeer called the charges against him “messed up” when he appeared at a court hearing on Monday, a report said.

Daniel Burda was arrested Friday by Oregon State Police in connection to Dennis Day’s death last year, ABC affiliate KDRV reported.

Burda, a registered sex offender who worked as a handyman for Day and his husband Ernie Caswell, was arraigned on charges including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and abuse of a corpse on Monday.

During his hearing, where he appeared on a video screen, Burda called the charges “messed up” and repeatedly said the prosecution does not have the evidence to prove the charges against him.

Court documents reviewed by the network allege the Burda caused Day’s death through “neglect or maltreatment” in mid-July of last year.

Burda then allegedly used Day’s credit cards to make several purchases in the days following his death. His bail was set at $150,000 Monday, according to the report.

About a week before Burda’s arrest, two women were arrested for stealing Day’s car.

Wanda Garcia and Lori Declusin are accused of swiping Day’s white 1990s Ford Escort station wagon, the Mail Tribune reported.

Day was 12 years old when he inked a deal with Disney in 1955 and appeared on the show for two years.

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