A Maryland man accused of killing his pharmacist brother and sister-in-law had expressed anger about the administering of COVID-19 vaccinations, according to court documents obtained by multiple media outlets.
Jeffrey Burnham, 46, was arrested Friday in West Virginia after an 18-hour search. He was charged with killing his brother, Brian Robinette, 58, and sister-in-law, Kelly Sue Robinette, 57, at their home near Baltimore.
He also was charged with the murder of 83-year-old Rebecca Reynolds, who was friends with his mother, at a separate location in Cumberland, Maryland.
Burnham, being held in Allegany County (Maryland) Jail without bail after being extradited from West Virginia, is charged with three counts of murder – two in separate counties – and a vehicle theft charge. His brother’s 2007 red corvette was stolen and served as Burnham’s getaway vehicle, according to court documents.
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Burnham’s mother had expressed concern for her son’s mental health before the slayings, according to online court documents. He told his mother that he planned to confront his late brother about the coronavirus vaccine and that he believed it was the government’s attempt at “killing people with the COVID-19 shot.”
Burnham’s mother said in the court documents that Burnham told her, “Brian knows something” and claimed the FBI was chasing after him. It is unclear if that confrontation between the brothers happened and that has not been outlined as a motive by police.
After stealing his brother’s vehicle, Burnham stopped at someone’s home asking for gas. He told the person that he’d be on TV and that his brother was “killing people with the COVID-19 shot.” The person subsequently called police, prompting the search across state lines into West Virginia.
When he was arrested, Burnham confessed to killing three people, NBC Baltimore reported.
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