Suspect in KC slayings makes court appearance

(AP Photo/Kansas City Police Department)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A grand jury is expected to get the case of a 34-year-old man accused of fatally shooting three Kansas City residents and brutally beating two others who later died.

Brandon Howell is facing a dozen charges in the Sept. 2 attacks, including three counts of first-degree murder for the deaths of 88-year-old Alice Hurst, her son, 63-year-old Darrel Hurst, and 69-year-old Susan Choucroun.

Charges have not been updated in the beatings of George and Ann Taylor, who died after the other counts had been filed.

Assistant Jackson County prosecutor Ted Hunt on Thursday asked Associate Judge Mary Weir to set a Nov. 24 arraignment for Howell, but said he first will submit the case to a grand jury.

Howell is being held without bond in Jackson County jail.


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