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Cullom suspect faces six first-degree murder charges after Christmas Day triple-homicide

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Clifford Brewer appeared on a video feed from the Livingston County Jail Friday, Dec. 28, 2019, as he made his first appearance in court after being charged with six counts of murder for the Christmas Day slayings at his home at 416 E. Jackson St. in Cullom.

PONTIAC (WEEK) – Bond has been set at $5 million for a Cullom man charged with shooting and killing his wife Shirley Brewer, son Christian Brewer and Norman Walker, a neighbor in the early morning hours of Christmas Day.

Clifford W. Brewer faces six counts of first-degree murder – two for each of his victims.

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, so she could have a friend to talk to.

Not long after that, Brewer said he fell asleep.

Brewer then claimed to have woken up to find all three dead.

However, when police arrived, Brewer was apparently washing clothing and failed to keep his story straight about who the firearm found in the home belonged to.

Livingston County State’s Attorney Randy Yedinak said a crime like this is unlike the crimes he deals with.

“Livingston County, we tend to average a murder a year if that, so certainly for a triple homicide to happen on Christmas morning in Livingston county, that’s pretty rare, we don’t have that happen very often,” he said.

Yedinak could not provide details on a motive, but said evidence showed the victim’s wounds were not self inflicted.

Brewer’s next court appearance is scheduled for January 23 at 11:30 a.m.

He has been an active correctional officer at the Pontiac Correctional Center since 2001, according to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

He has not yet been placed on leave.

Jason Howell

Producer at 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC

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