ELLICOTT CITY, Md. (WJZ) — Jeffrey Burnham, the Cumberland man charged with killing his brother, sister-in-law and an elderly family friend, allegedly wanted to confront his brother Brian Robinette, a pharmacist, because he believed the government is “poisoning people with COVID vaccines,” according to charging documents filed Wednesday in the District Court of Maryland for Howard County.
The Blood of these murder victims is on the hands of elected Republicans and Tucker Carlson. They sow fear and lies. This man believed them and killed 3 people, including his own brother. This is the America Republicans want. GOP inspires killers. #ncpol https://t.co/V7AtqrUV1u
— Scott Huffman for NC 🏴☠️ (@HuffmanForNC) October 7, 2021
“Brian knows something!” he told his mother, according to charging documents.
Burnham, 46, is currently being held in the the Allegany County Detention Center. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the killing of 83-year-old Rebecca Reynolds, who was found dead Sept. 29 in a Cumberland home. At the time Reynolds’ body was discovered, her vehicle was missing.
Howard County authorities on Wednesday charged Burnham with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and one handgun charge in the death of his brother and Brian’s wife Kelly.
According to charging documents, Burnham’s mother Evelyn called the Cumberland Police Department on Sept. 29 because her son was making statements about the FBI coming after them and she was concerned “regarding his mental health and stability.”
Anti-vaccine murder: a Maryland man killed his pharmacist brother for providing SARS-CoV-2 vaccines.
This is the predictable cost of social media companies allowing people to be inundated with medical misinformation and conspiracy content for years. pic.twitter.com/1xHNZv9L83
— John Charpentier, Ph.D. (@snpsandsnRNPs) October 7, 2021
As part of the investigation into Reynolds’ death, Cumberland police contacted Howard County authorities on Sept. 30 with a search warrant for a residence at 5368 Kerger Road in Ellicott City.
An anti-vaxxer murdered his pharmacist brother and two others for giving COVID vaccines, saying that the government was poisoning people and his brother "knows something." The world brought to us by Fox and the @GOP. https://t.co/gJwRkis89K
— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) October 6, 2021
A tipster contacted Maryland State Police and said Burnham appeared at their house in a red Corvette around 4:45 p.m. on Sept. 30 asking for gas money. Burnham told the person they would see him on TV and said his brother was “killing people with the COVID shot.”