Brandon Howell Biography
Brandon Howell, 39, was found guilty on five counts of first-degree murder and seven other felonies in the killings.
Brandon Howell Age
The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office says that convicted murderer Brandon Howell will spend the rest of his life in prison, getting five life sentences on Thursday for a 2014 killing spree in south Kansas City. https://t.co/dLmq6F5GXe
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Brandon Howell is 39 Years old.
Brandon Howell Victims
The killings happened on Woodbridge Lane, near Wornall Road and Blue Ridge Boulevard. The victims were 86-year-old Ann Taylor, 80-year-old George Taylor, 88-year-old Lorene Hurst, her 68-year-old son Darrel Hurst and 69-year-old Susan Choucroun.
Court documents say Howell allegedly tried to steal a vintage Jaguar from Ann and George Taylor. Police found the couple badly beaten and barely clinging to life in their basement. They later died at the hospital.
The Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office says that convicted murderer Brandon Howell will spend the rest of his life in prison, getting five life sentences on Thursday for a 2014 killing spree in south Kansas City. https://t.co/5HdVAkwTUT
— FOX4 News (@fox4kc) May 24, 2019
According to a police investigation, Howell hot-wired the car and tried to get away. But the car didn’t work, and neighbors came outside to try to help.
That’s when court documents say Howell allegedly shot at them and killed Lorene Hurst, Darrel Hurst and Susan Choucroun.
Then, court documents say Howell drove off in another one of the Taylor’s cars, a Toyota SUV. It all happened in broad daylight, around one o’clock.
Hours later, just before midnight, police found Howell walking with a shotgun they said he brought to the Taylor’s home and used in the killings, near I-29 and Northwest Barry Road.
A memorial stands tall at the entrance of the Woodbridge neighborhood in South Kansas City. It’s a reminder of the five victims.
Brandon Howell Arrested
Howell was arrested that night walking along a freeway carrying a shotgun in his pants.
Howell had long been on the radar of law enforcement. In 1998, the body of his 18-year-old classmate, Nick Travis, was found buried in the Kansas City, Missouri yard of a duplex that was being renovated by Howell’s father.
Convicted Kansas City Killer ESCAPES DEATH PENALTY Despite Promises From Jackson County Prosecutor. Judge Hands Down 5 Consecutive Life Sentences To Brandon Howell After He Committed Worst Slaughter Southland Has Ever Witnessed: https://t.co/uJsvDkmdmj pic.twitter.com/yQdjEGdUK7
— Tony’s Kansas City (@TonysKansasCity) May 23, 2019
Howell was the last person seen with Travis and Tabitha Brewer, 16, before the couple disappeared from Johnson County, Kansas.
Fast Facts You Need To Know
- Brandon Howell, 39, was convicted Monday on five counts of first-degree murder and seven other felonies associated with the Missouri killings
- Prosecutors have said they intend to seek the death penalty in Howell’s case
- Court records indicate the murders began when Howell beat 80-year-old George Taylor and his wife, Anna Taylor, 86, before stealing their vehicle
- Howell shot and killed Susan Choucroun, 69, Lorene Hurst, 88 and her son, Darrel Hurst, 63, after they witnessed him driving away from the scene
- Police found the Taylors severely beaten in their basement
- The elderly couple died in a hospital a week later
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