Man, 27, charged in Lenexa double homicide case - KCTV5 News


Man, 27, charged in Lenexa double homicide case

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A 27-year-old Lenexa man has been charged in a double homicide.

Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe has charged Alex Wayne Brune with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of premeditated murder, aggravated burglary and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery.

He is being held on a $2 million bond.

Lenexa police found 79-year-old Clifford Preston and his 47-year-old stepson, Brian Baskind, shot dead in their Lenexa home on July 9. It is believed they died in a botched robbery.

A third man had called police to the home in the 8500 block of Hallet Street saying he was shot, but he survived his wounds.

Initially police said that the third man was a victim, but now authorities believe that Brune was actually the suspect.

His brother was taken into custody this week as investigators look into whether he hindered their investigation.

Grieving family members believe Brune was motivated by greed in what they call senseless deaths.

Jonathan Baskinds is coping with the loss of his little brother and his stepfather.

"They weren't hurting anybody. They weren't hurting anybody. They were living their lives," he said. "And this guy came to steal. He stole all right. He stole a lot more than he even realizes."

Baskinds and other grieving family members have many unanswered questions and police are offering few details.

"The lack of knowledge makes it that much worse. I feel like I'm in infinite purgatory," he said. "There's no rhyme or reason for it to take two of the sweetest, most loving people."

Preston had a conceal-and-carry license. Baskinds said both his family members had guns and that they fought to the end. He said Brune did not shoot himself.

Baskinds hopes that Brune faces the death penalty because "he played God for his own benefit."

"I don't know how someone is that evil. I don't know where evil like comes from," he said. "Justice has got to be served in this and nothing less than capital punishment. He is a monster."

In addition to the anger, there is heartbreak and pain.

"We love you guys. We wish we could speak with you. We love you," he said. "If you've got family, tell them you love them grab them and tell them and don't wait."

KCTV5's Amy Anderson contributed to this report.

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