The man accused of killing three people wanted to confront his brother, who he's accused of killing, based on his profession and COVID-19 vaccines, court papers obtained by the 11 News I-Team indicate.
Jeffrey Allen Burnham, 46, was arrested in West Virginia after a manhunt last week. He was extradited Tuesday back to Allegany County on charges of murder and auto theft.
Burnham is accused of killing three people in Maryland: Rebecca Reynolds, 83, in Cumberland, and his brother, Brian Robinette, and sister-in-law, Kelly Robinette, in Ellicott City.
According to police charging documents, Burnham went to the Ellicott City home of his brother, who was a pharmacist, to confront him about administering COVID-19 vaccines. Investigators based the motive on statements Burnham allegedly made to his mother, Evelyn Burnham, a day before the killings.
The charging documents state: "Jeffrey stated to Evelyn that he wanted to confront Brian about the government poisoning people with COVID vaccines and that he repeatedly stated, 'Brian knows something.'"
Court papers show the Robinettes were shot multiple times by a .40-caliber handgun. The documents state that police said they found an empty box for a .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun in Jeffrey Burnham's residence.
Police said they found Brian Robinette in the foyer on the first-floor, and Kelly Robinette was found in an upstairs bedroom. Multiple .40-caliber shell casings were found throughout the residence.
Investigators said Jeffrey Burnham stole his brother's red Corvette and stopped at an unidentified person's home seeking gas. Police described the person as a tipster who said Jeffrey Burnham told him he would see him on TV and further said his brother was killing people with the COVID-19 shot.
The Howard County State's Attorney's Office is seeking an indictment in this case. Jeffrey Burnham is being held without bail in Cumberland, Allegany County.
Friends of the Robinettes have set up a GoFundMe page for their two children, who are young adults. So far, it has raised more than $75,000.