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Jury finds Alabama man guilty in Bethalto triple murder

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.

Brady Kane Witcher

Brady Kane Witcher, 41, charged with nine counts of murder in a triple homicide in Bethalto.

A co-defendant, Brittany McMillan, pleaded guilty in December and received a life sentence.

Brittany McMillan mugshot

Brittany McMillan. Photo courtesy of Hazelwood police.

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.

Shari Yates and AJ Brooks

Shari Yates and her son Andrew "AJ" Brooks are shown in a photo provided by family members.

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