Brothers charged in Berks County for murders of 2 men and a female witness

Maurice Wilkins and Michael Wilkins

April 9, 2013 10:06:23 AM PDT
Authorities have announced the arrests of two brothers in the killings of two men in Reading and a woman whose burned body was later found in Lehigh County.

Prosecutors say Ruscombmanor Township residents Michael Alan Wilkins and Maurice Adrian Wilkins face charges of first- and third-degree murder and related charges.

That's in connection with the Dec. 4 slayings of 22-year-old Rafael Alequin and 22-year-old Dario McLemore in Reading. Investigators say the body of the third victim, Jennifer Velez-Negron, was found on a road in Salisbury Township on Dec. 27.

Prosecutors say Velez-Negron had witnessed the slayings in Reading and been involved in a drug transaction that led to the killings. Her body was found with legs tied together and a cloth in her mouth.

It couldn't immediately be determined if the suspects had attorneys.