PONTIAC, Ill. (AP) – A judge set a $5 million bond Friday for a state corrections officer who’s charged in the Christmas Day shootings of his wife, adult son and another man in a small eastern Illinois community.
Clifford W. Brewer, 53, faces six counts of first-degree murder in the killings. The Livington County Stateâ€™s Attorneyâ€™s Office filed the charges against Brewer on Friday morning before he appeared for his initial court hearing in Pontiac.
Authorities allege that Brewer fatally shot the three victims inside a home in his hometown of Cullom, a village of about 500 residents that’s located about 95 miles (150 kilometers) southwest of Chicago and about 20 miles east of Pontiac.
Livingston County sheriffâ€™s deputies called to the scene early Wednesday found the bodies of Brewer’s wife, Shirley Brewer, 48, his son, Christian Brewer, 27, and Norman Walker, 51, The ( Peoria) Journal Star reported.
Police later arrested Brewer, who is a corrections officer at the Pontiac Correctional Center, a maximum-security state prison. He has worked for the Illinois Department of Corrections since 2001.
During Friday’s hearing, Livingston County Stateâ€™s Attorney Randy Yedinak asked the judge to set Brewer’s bond at $5 million, while public defender Scott Ripley sought a $100,000 bond. The judge sided with prosecutors.