The Brooklyn actor accused of slashing his mother to death with a Masonic sword (he believed she was possessed by the devil) was arraigned yesterday from the hospital prison ward where he has been under psychiatric evaluation, and was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Brea reportedly did not speak and did not enter a plea, though he was quite talkative to the Daily News when he told them, "I just kept cutting her. No one could stop me. I was doing the work of God."

Brea is being held without bail and is due back in court on February 18th. As well as owning a Subway sandwich franchise with his brother, Brea had small roles on "Ugly Betty" and in the movie "Step Up: 3D," the only record of which seems to be on Haitian film site BelFilm. Which means you don't have to give up your illusions of actors as upstanding and charitable citizens, because Brea was just an extra. "Ugly Betty" second assistant director Jim Nickas told the Post, "He worked two days on the first episode we filmed [for] Season 4," and said he had never heard of him before going back over the casting records. Nickas's wife also worked on "Step Up: 3D," but she had no recollection of Brea. Shucks, and here we thought he was somebody important.