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Maryland murder suspect ruled unfit to stand trial in Trio of Killings – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A Howard County judge has found Jeffrey Burnham – the 47-year-old Cumberland man accused of killing his brother, sister-in-law and an elderly family friend – unfit to stand trial.

Burnham is accused of murdering Brian Robinette, 58, and his wife, Kelly Robinette, 57, at their Ellicott City home on September 30, 2021.

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Both victims were found with gunshot wounds. Tactical officers from the Howard County Police Department found several spent .40 caliber bullet casings throughout the residence.

Burnham’s mother Evelyn told authorities Jeffrey wanted to confront his pharmacist brother about the COVID-19 vaccine because he believed the government was using the shot to poison people.

blankBefore the double shooting, Burnham allegedly killed 83-year-old Rebecca Reynolds at a Cumberland home.

When her body was discovered, her red Corvette was missing.

During the two-day rampage, a tipster contacted the Maryland State Police and said Burnham showed up at her home in a red Corvette around 4:45 p.m. on September 30, 2021 and demanded gas money.

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Burnham told the person they were watching him on TV and said his brother was “killing people with the COVID shot”.

Authorities eventually found him in West Virginia and arrested him.

blankHoward County Judge Lenore Gelman’s finding of Burnham’s mental health was based on a very detailed opinion/evaluation by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, a Howard County official said.

However, authorities say Burnham’s competency is considered “recoverable”.

“That means he can be made fit to stand trial through rehabilitation efforts,” a Howard County official said. “He will be re-examined in a year to see if the treatments are advanced enough for him to stand trial. We want to make it clear that the case itself is neither closed nor closed.”

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Timeline:

  • 7:20pm Sept 29: Rebecca Reynolds, 83, is found dead at a home on Fourth Street in Cumberland by authorities from the Cumberland Police Department and the Allegany County Sheriff’s Office. Reynolds’ death, which showed signs of “apparent trauma”, is ruled a homicide by a coroner. Her vehicle was also stolen. Burnham is identified as a suspect and a warrant is issued for his murder and theft of a vehicle.
  • 4:30pm Sept 30: the The Allegany County Sheriff’s Office issues a statement naming Burnham as a suspect in the murder of Reynolds. The agency describes the 46-year-old as “armed and dangerous,” and investigators believe Burnham may be driving a 2007 Chevrolet Corvette with the Maryland badge 8BX5121. Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for Burnham or the Corvette and are asking them to call police if he or the vehicle is seen.
  • 5:18 p.m. September 30: Howard County Police are telling the public that Burnham is wanted for a deadly double shooting at a home in Ellicott City, as well as an “unrelated murder” in Allegany County. Police say they suspect all three victims were assaulted, adding that the Ellicott City victims are believed to be family members of Burnham. The public is asked to call 911 if they see Burnham or a 2007 red Chevrolet Corvette.
  • 10:07 p.m. 30 Sep: The investigators announce them identified the victims of the Ellicott City shooting as Burnham’s brother and sister-in-law – Brian Robinette, 58, and his wife Kelly Sue. Police are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information on Burnham’s whereabouts.
  • 9:07 am Oct 1: Burnham and the Robinettes’ Corvette is spotted in Davis, West Virginia. There the police took the 46-year-old into custody for murder in the deaths of the Robinettes and secured a firearm from the vehicle. Burnham is in jail there while awaiting an extradition hearing.

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2022/03/29/maryland-jeffrey-burnham-ruled-incompetent-murder-case/ Maryland murder suspect ruled unfit to stand trial in Trio of Killings – CBS Baltimore

Jake Nichol

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