MILWAUKEE (AP) — A 34-year-old Wisconsin man has been charged in the deaths of six people who were found dead in a Milwaukee semi-detached home in January.
Bail for Travis Lamar Birkley, who faces six counts of murder, was set at $1 million on Sunday. An attorney representing Birkley at the hearing declined to comment on the case.
The six victims were found with gunshot wounds on January 23, but court documents detailing the charges against Birkley suggest they may have been killed three days earlier.
Investigators linked Birkley to the killings with cellphone data, including a selfie apparently taken in the basement of the home where the bodies were found several hours after the victims were allegedly killed on January 20.
Court documents also say a police witness said Birkley admitted killing the six people with his cousin during a botched drug heist, WISN reports. Court documents said the shell casings found at the scene came from two different guns.
The witness, who was not identified in court documents, also told police he saw Birkley with a gun, cash and drugs believed to have belonged to one of the victims after they died.
The complaint against Birkley does not name his cousin. No other arrests were made in connection with the case, but police said no additional information was available on Sunday.
Authorities previously identified the six victims as Michelle Williams, 49; Donta Williams, 44; Donald Smith, 43; Charles Hardy, 42; Javoni Liddell, 31; and Caleb Jordan, 23. Michelle Williams, Three of the victims lived in the home where the bodies were found.
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