A Maryland man killed his pharmacist brother as a result of he thought he was “poisoning” folks by administering COVID-19 vaccines, court docket paperwork present.
Jeffrey Burnham, who was wished within the deaths of his brother, sister-in-law and an aged girl, was arrested Friday in West Virginia after the three slayings greater than 100 miles aside, NBC Information reported.
Cops discovered Burnham’s brother, Brian Robinette, 58, and his sister-in-law, Kelly Sue Robinette, 57, fatally shot final Thursday of their Ellicott Metropolis residence.
Burnham’s mom advised police he wished to confront his pharmacist brother about his function in doling out the COVID-19 vaccines, court docket doc present.
“He wished to confront Brian with the federal government poisoning folks with COVID vaccines,” Burnham’s mother advised cops, WUSA reported. “He repeatedly acknowledged ‘Brian is aware of one thing!’”
Burnham’s mom known as cops and advised them her son was claiming the FBI was after them, inflicting her to fret about his psychological state, charging paperwork present.
A day earlier than allegedly gunning down his brother and sister-in-law, police mentioned Burnham, 46, killed Rebecca Reynolds, 83, who was discovered useless in her Cumberland residence with apparent trauma to her physique. Burnham stole her 2020 Lincoln to drive to the second crime scene two hours away, WUSA reported.
Reynolds was a classmate of Burnham’s mom, NBC Information reported.
Burnham, of Cumberland, additionally allegedly stole his brother’s Corvette after final Thursday’s slayings after which stopped at somebody’s residence to ask for gasoline, NBC Information reported. He advised the home-owner he’d been quickly seen on TV and that his brother was “killing folks with the COVID shot,” charging paperwork present.
Prosecutors declined to remark Wednesday as a result of ongoing investigation, NBC Information reported.
Burnham has been charged with homicide and automobile theft in Allegany County and faces extra homicide counts in Howard County. He was arrested whereas driving his brother’s 2007 pink Corvette that he stole from his residence following the double slaying, WUSA reported.
Police mentioned a gun was discovered contained in the Corvette and that each one three victims have been focused by Burnham, who stays held with out bail. Courtroom data didn’t listing an legal professional for him as of late Wednesday, in accordance with NBC Information.
A web-based fundraiser arrange for Kelly and Brian Robinette described them as a “lovely” members of their group who go away behind two youngsters.
“The funds will assist them handle prices related to the sudden lack of their dad and mom,” the web site reads. “Please be part of us in honoring Kelly and Brian’s legacy and supporting their household.”