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Man accused of killing 3 people, critically injuring 2 others makes first court appearance

A 34-year-old man accused of killing three people and critically injuring two others in a quiet south Kansas City neighborhood appears in court to hear a judge read the dozen felony counts against him.

Brandon Howell stood before Associate Judge Mary Weir on Thursday wearing a blue jail outfit and handcuffed to another inmate as she read the three first-degree murder charges and several other counts related to the shootings.

Prosecutors say Howell used a shotgun to kill 88-year-old Alice Hurst, her son, 63-year-old Darrel Hurst, and 69-year-old Susan Choucroun shortly before 1 p.m. Tuesday in a middle-class cul-de-sac occupied primarily by older residents.

Howell was captured later that night as he walked along Interstate 29 on the city's north side after someone called police to report a suspicious person.

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