Suspect in 5 deaths to go on trial

April 5, 2019

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man accused of killing five people during a rampage in a quiet Kansas City neighborhood is scheduled to stand trial next week.

The Kansas City Star reports that 39-year-old Brandon Howell’s trial on five counts of first-degree murder and seven other felonies will get underway Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court.

Court records say 80-year-old George Taylor and 86-year-old Anna Taylor were beaten to death in September 2014 after Howell tried to steal a classic Jaguar at their home. Prosecutors say Howell then fatally shot three people who were outside — 69-year-old Susan Choucroun, 88-year-old Lorene Hurst, and her son, 63-year-old Darrel Hurst.

Howell was arrested later that night walking along a freeway carrying a shotgun in his pants. Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com