A Maryland man who believed the government was poisoning people with COVID-19 vaccines is accused of murdering his pharmacist brother as well as his sister-in-law and a family friend, police said.
On Sept. 29, Evelyn Burnham, the mother of Jeffrey Burnham, 46, phoned the Cumberland Police Department about her son “regarding his mental health and stability” after he made statements about the FBI coming for them, WJZ-TV reported, citing police charging documents.
That same day, family friend Rebecca Reynolds, 83, was found in Cumberland and her vehicle was missing.
On Sept. 30, the charging documents state, authorities investigating Reynolds’ murder obtained a search warrant and entered an Ellicott City residence and discovered Brian and Kelly Robinette — Burnham’s brother and sister-in-law — fatally shot and spent .40-caliber casings scattered throughout their home.
The car belonging to Reynolds, the elderly victim, was found nearby, but the Robinette’s 2007 Corvette was missing.
In a second phone call with police, Evelyn Burnham claimed her son had said he needed to return Reynolds’ car to her and stated “that he wanted to confront Brian about the government poisoning people with COVID vaccines and that he repeatedly stated, ‘Brian knows something,’” charging documents read, according to WBAL-TV.
WJZ-TV reported that a tipster told police Burnham arrived at their home on Sept. 30 and asked for gas money for the Corvette he was driving. The tipster also claimed Burnham said he’d be on TV soon and Robinette was “killing people with the COVID shot.”
Detectives searching Burnham’s home allegedly found an empty box of .40-caliber bullets.
Law enforcement took Burnham into custody in West Virginia on Oct. 1 and charged him with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one handgun charge in connection to the deaths of his brother and sister-in-law.
He is being held without bail in the Allegany County Detention Center.
A GoFundMe page set up for the Robinette’s children reads: “Kelly's infectious laugh and Brian's dry sense of humor brightened our lives. They raised two amazing children in Howard County, and left their mark on our schools, teachers, fellow parents and now a new generation of young adults.”