A Maryland man is accused of fatally shooting his pharmacist brother because he thought he was 'killing people' by giving them the COVID-19 vaccine
Marylandman is accused of killing his pharmacist brother over the distribution of COVID vaccines.
- Court documents said Jeffrey Burnham thought his brother was "poisoning people" with COVID vaccines.
- Burnham also told his mother that he thought his brother knew "something" about the vaccines.
A Maryland man is accused of fatally shooting his pharmacist brother who he believed was poisoning people by giving them the
Jeffrey Allen Burnham, 46, is accused of killing his older brother, Brian Robinette, 58, and his wife, Kelly Sue Robinette, 57, on September 30.
Burnham told his mother, Evelyn Robinette, that he was going to confront his brother because of his profession and his hunch that Brian Robinette was administering what he believed to be "poisonous" COVID-19 vaccines to people, court documents showed.
Evelyn Robinette told law enforcement that Burnham repeatedly said, "Brian knows something." She said she called the Cumberland Police Department on September 29 because Burnham kept making statements to her about the FBI "coming after" him, which made her fear for his mental stability, the court filing showed.
Law enforcement found the Robinettes' bodies in their home in Ellicott City, Maryland. Both appeared to have been shot multiple times. The court filing also said that the police found an empty box for a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun at Burnham's home.
Court documents further showed that a tipster had contacted the Maryland State Police on September 30, saying they'd interacted with Burnham that evening. The unnamed tipster said Burnham asked him for gas for his red Corvette, then told him that he would soon see Burnham on TV. The tipster also informed law enforcement that Burnham told him during the exchange that Brian Robinette was "killing people with the COVID shot."
Authorities also believed that Burnham murdered his mother's childhood friend, Rebecca Reynolds, 83, on September 29. The Baltimore Sun reported that Reynolds was found dead in her home with a deep cut across her throat and a pillow over her face. Court filings showed that Burnham is accused of stealing Reynolds' car, which was found a day later near Brian and Kelly Sue Robinette's home in Ellicott City.
Burnham was arrested and extradited to Maryland on Tuesday after a search in West Virginia. Court documents seen by Insider said Burnham is being held without bond in Allegany County and faces two counts of first-degree
Friends of Brian and Kelly Sue Robinette set up a GoFundMe to help raise funds for the couple's two children. At press time, the fundraiser had collected more than $90,000.
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