A man and a woman were trying to get a car to flee from their multi-state crime spree. Then they met some acquaintances and decided to kill them all.
Both will now spend life in prison.
Brady Witcher was convicted of the execution-style murder of three people in Bethalto, Illinois, according to Belleville News-Democrat. He was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and one count of armed robbery. He was recently sentenced to life in prison.
Brittany McMillan was previously convicted for her role in the murder. She, too sentenced to life in prison.
Shari Yates, 59, her son A.J. Brooks, 30, and John McMillian, 32, were shot in a home in December 2019, according to the News-Democrat.
Police said the case wasn’t a random killing as the victims knew the suspects, and the suspects were trying to get another vehicle to avoid police, according to the News-Democrat.
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Witcher, who is from Alabama, and McMillan were wanted in connection to a Tennessee incident of shoplifting, aggravated kidnapping and theft of a motor vehicle, according to KSDK. They were also wanted for capital murder in Alabama.
McMillan lived in Bethalto before she moved to Alabama.
Defense attorney Steven Griffen tried to point the finger at McMillan, but prosecutors said the gun used was tied to Witcher. Investigators also said Witcher made incriminating statements while he was in jail.
"Several family members of Shari, AJ, and John spoke directly to the unrepentant murderer of their loved ones with profound grace and strength, forgave him, and prayed for his redemption," said Madison County State’s Attorney Tom Haine, according to KSDK.
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