Man charged in three separate murders in one-week ‘purge’

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – A man wanted for three separate murders in three different incidents within one week is behind bars, with prosecutors crediting excellent police work for getting the suspect off the streets.

Brandon Harris, 32, is charged with multiple counts of murder, armed criminal action, and robbery. Police said in just seven days he dramatically changed the lives of many people.

“This man went on a one-man crime spree,” said Beth Orwick, chief trial assistant in the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office.

Veteran prosecutors were stunned by the case of Brandon Harris. It started July 14 in the 100 block of Bellerive in St. Louis City, when the body of a man was found inside his home. He’d been shot with his own pistol and robbed of drugs and other items. Harris was charged with the crimes.

Two days later, at Spring and Sullivan, a man and woman were in a car and robbed of cash; both were shot. The man died but the woman survived. Like before, Brandon Harris was charged for the crime.

“Anytime you see a loss of life like this, so many families impacted. These people have families, they have mothers and children, and Mr. Harris as well—the defendant—he has a family as well. This is terribly tragic,” Orwick said.

On July 20 in the 10000 block of Duke in St. Louis County, a home invasion left one woman dead and a man wounded. Police charged Brandon Harris.

Investigators said a gun discovered where Harris was staying matched the one stolen at the first murder. Ballistic evidence connects the weapon to all three killings.

“I think this shows great police work in the city and in the county,” Orwick said. “They used the evidence they had and followed the trail of the evidence, and they used that ballistic evidence, that search warrant in St. Louis County, to tie that into the two incidents in the city.”

Harris is being held on $2 million dollar cash-only bond. Prosecutors said he was on probation when the murders happened.