Court Proceedings Begin for Cullom Triple Murder Suspect

By Neil Doyle and HOI-ABC

A Livingston County judge has set bond at $5 million for a Cullom man accused of killing three people Christmas Day.

Clifford Brewer, 53, faces six counts of first-degree murder for allegedly shooting his wife Shirley Brewer, son Christian Brewer, and his neighbor Norman Walker early Wednesday morning in Cullom.

Brewer, whose last employment was at the Pontiac Correctional Center, appeared in court Friday.

According to our news partner HOI-ABC, Brewer told Illinois State Police he had been Christmas shopping on Christmas Eve and got into an argument with his wife after arriving home.

Shirley Brewer then called Norman Walker, so she could have a friend to talk to.

Clifford Brewer told investigators that he fell asleep at some point after the argument. He claimed that he found the three victims dead after he woke up.

When police arrived, however, Brewer was apparently washing clothing and was inconsistent in his statements to officers, especially concerning the ownership of a firearm found in the home.

Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak could not provide details on a motive, but said evidence showed the victim’s wounds were not self-inflicted.