Burnie Reed of Fort Lauderdale, Florida was arrested for murder after more than a week of searching. The 19-year-old has been charged with one count each of murder, attempted murder, resisting arrest with violence and resisting arrest without violence. He was denied bail bond in an initial hearing with Judge Jay Hurley at the Broward County Jail, where he is currently awaiting trial. It is unknown whether Reed has a private criminal defense attorney or will be relying on the public defender.
Police had conducted an extensive searched for the alleged killer that involved the FBI Violent Crime Fugitive Task Force, the Secret Service, Lauderhill police and Fort Lauderdale police. The investigation also appealed to the public for clues. Reed was apprehended when the search led authorities to a Lauderhill home in the 3400 block of Northwest 4th Ct. It is not known who owns the home.
Reed was reportedly trying to hide under a pile of furniture and clothing in one of the bedrooms of the home. He refused to cooperate with authorities and ended up causing a scuffle. Police were able to arrest him, although he sustained a nasty black eye that he sports in his mug shot.
The arrest and charges come in connection to an incident in which Reed allegedly tried to kill his pregnant ex-girlfriend by shooting her in the head, and succeeded in killing her sister in the same fashion. Reed was reportedly arguing with Chutney McNair, 19, with whom he had a rocky romantic relationship for about a year and a half, on the January 21. The fight occurred outside of both parties homes in the 1100 block of NW 11th St. Chutney was three months pregnant with his child and had asked her mother, Karen McNair, 47, to come out of the home with her to try to control the situation.
Hearing the argument, Bianca McNair, 21, reportedly came outside of the home. “Believing her younger sister was in grave danger, Bianca ran out to the street in hopes of intervening,” said Fort Lauderdale police in a statement. “Seething with rage, Reed brandished a firearm and shot Bianca in the head from a short distance away.” Bianca was pronounced dead at the Broward General Medical Center right after the incident.
According to reports, Chutney and Karen McNair ran from Reed after he shot Bianca, but Reed followed Chutney and shot her in the head as well. Chutney was treated for her injuries at Broward General Medical Center and was able to return home. Her unborn child is reportedly fine.
There were several witnesses to the violence, including Karen and neighbors who say they saw Reed with a gun. According to Karen McNair, the incident did not come as a complete surprise. Reed had threatened to kill Chutney before and had even “pulled a gun on her several times before.”
“I’ve been praying for this for over a week now,” said Karen of the arrest. “Burnie, I hope you rot in hell. You have destroyed my family.”