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Cumberland man accused of killing three people is transferred to Maryland, faces Wednesday court date

An Allegany County man charged in the deaths of his brother and sister-in-law in Ellicott City and a family friend in Cumberland was extradited back to Maryland Tuesday, officials in West Virginia said.

Jeffrey Allen Burnham, 46, was returned to Maryland Tuesday following a hearing at the Tucker County Circuit Courthouse in West Virginia, according to officials with the West Virginia State Police and the court clerk’s office.

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Burnham has a bail review hearing scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday in Allegany County, where he faces one count of first-degree murder and one count of unlawful taking of a vehicle, according to Maryland court records.

Calls to the Howard County and Allegheny County state’s attorney’s offices were not returned. Maryland’s online criminal court records database does not yet show the charges facing him in Howard County.

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Burnham was arrested by state police Friday morning outside a West Virginia motel after an 18-hour manhunt. Police said he flagged down a firefighter in Tucker County, and told him he “had been forced to kill three people.”

Police say Burnham killed Rebecca Reynolds, 83, at her Cumberland home Wednesday night, and then fled in her 2020 Lincoln. Burnham drove to Ellicott City, where police said he then killed his brother Brian Robinette, 58, and his wife, Kelly Sue Robinette, 57, in the couple’s home in the 5300 block of Kerger Road.

Burnham took a 2007 red Corvette from his brother’s home and fled, police said. He was arrested at The Billy Motel & Bar in Davis, West Virginia.

He was held at the Tygart Valley Regional Jail, according to online court records and local officials.

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