Brady Kane Witcher, 41, and Brittany Nicole McMillan, 28, were each charged Dec. 21 in Madison County with nine counts of murder in the first degree in the deaths of Shari Yates, 59, her son Andrew Brooks, 30, and another man, John McMillian, 32. All three were found dead late Thursday inside Yates’ home in the 300 block of Mill Street in Bethalto.
MADISON COUNTY — A jury found an Alabama man guilty of murdering three people in Bethalto in 2019, prosecutors said.
Jurors on Friday convicted Brady Witcher, 43, in the December 2019 killings of Shari Yates, 59, her son Andrew Brooks, 30, and John McMillian, 32, in the 300 block of Mill Street. He will be sentenced later to life in prison for the convictions. Witcher's lawyer declined comment.
A co-defendant, Brittany McMillan, pleaded guilty in December and received a life sentence.
Authorities said the pair were on the run from authorities who accused them of murdering a woman in Alabama when they offered drugs and money to Brooks in exchange for his pickup truck. Authorities said Witcher fatally shot Brooks and then the two others. Charges said Witcher took the truck while Brittany McMillan took Yates’ Ford Fusion.
The couple also was charged in the kidnapping and murder of Kellie Ann Hughes, 31, in Alabama, and armed robbery and kidnapping in Birmingham, Alabama, and Clarksville, Tennessee.