A Maryland man killed his pharmacist brother because he thought he was “poisoning” people by administering the COVID-19 vaccine, court documents show.
NBC News reported that Jeffrey Burnham, who is wanted in the deaths of his brother, sister-in-law and an elderly woman, was arrested Friday after three murders in West Virginia more than 100 miles away.
Police fatally shot Burnham’s brother, 58-year-old Brian Robinett, and his sister-in-law, 57-year-old Kelly Sue Robinette, at their Ellicott City home last Thursday.
Burnham’s mother told police she wanted to ask her pharmacist brother about his role in rolling out a COVID-19 vaccine, court documents show.
Burnham’s mother told police, “He wanted to confront Brian with the government, who was poisoning people with the COVID vaccine.” “He said over and over again ‘Brian knows something!
Burnham’s mother calls the police and tells them that her son is claiming the FBI is behind them, causing him to worry about his mental state, the charge documents show.
A day before he allegedly shot his brother and sister-in-law, police said Burnham, 46, killed 83-year-old Rebecca Reynolds, who was found dead at her Cumberland home, with apparent trauma to her body. WUSA reports that Burnham stole his 2020 Lincoln to go to another crime scene two hours away.
NBC News reported that Reynolds was a classmate of Burnham’s mother.
Burnham of Cumberland also allegedly stole his brother’s Corvette after last Thursday’s killings and then stopped at someone’s house to ask for gas, NBC News reported. He told the homeowner that he would soon appear on TV and that his brother was “killing people with Covid shots,” the charge documents show.
NBC News reported that prosecutors declined to comment Wednesday because of the ongoing investigation.
Burnham is charged with manslaughter and vehicle theft in Allegheny County and faces additional homicides in Howard County. As WUSA reports, he was arrested while driving his brother’s 2007 red Corvette, which he stole from his home.
Police said a gun was found inside the corvette and that all three victims were targeted by Burnham, who remains without bail. Court records did not list an attorney for him as of late Wednesday, according to NBC News.
An online fundraiser set up for Kelly and Brian Robinett describes them as “beautiful” members of their community, who have left behind two children.
“The fund will help them manage the costs associated with the unexpected loss of their parents,” the website reads. “Please join us in honoring Kelly and Brian’s legacy and supporting their family.”