Murder charges in Mobile Co. crash that killed 3

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A Mobile County grand jury has indicted a 20-year-old man on murder charges that accuse him of driving at 100 mph when he bumped another car off the road, causing a crash that killed three people.

Michael Andrew Loper was indicted for the deaths of 18-year-old Mary Allyson Baker of Mobile, and two Irvington brothers, 17-year-old Brian Matthew "Matt" Willis Jr. and 11-year-old Brandon Christopher Willis.

They were fatally injured along U.S. 45 in north Mobile County on Jan. 9. Police said Loper was chasing another car at the time, and that all three groups had gathered earlier in the Citronelle High School parking lot.

He was also indicted on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. The grand jury's June action was reported Tuesday by the Press-Register.

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