A 48-year-old man convicted of killing a mid-Missouri couple and their granddaughter in 2009 was sentenced to death Friday for each slaying.
A Clay County jury had convicted Robert Blurton of Garnett, Kan., in June of three counts of first-degree murder and recommended the death penalty for each conviction.
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Blurton allegedly killed Donnie and Sharon Luetjen and their 15-year-old granddaughter, Taron Luetjen, in Cole Camp, Mo.
According to authorities, he entered the Luetjens’ home on June 7, 2009, bound them and their granddaughter, shot all three and fled with money and other valuables. The Luetjens were Blurton’s aunt and uncle. Taron, 15, was a cousin.
The bodies were found two days later. Each victim had been shot once. Blurton was arrested about three weeks later.
Emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from the residence at 10:16 p.m. June 7 but the operator wasn’t able to determine what was said before the call disconnected.
Money and arrowhead stones were taken. Blurton’s DNA was found on a coffee cup at the house. Fingerprints and other evidence pointed to Blurton.
On Friday, Circuit Court Judge Larry D. Harman accepted the jury’s recommendation and rejected Blurton’s motion for a new trial.
Cole Camp is about 20 miles south of Sedalia. The attorney general’s office assisted Benton County prosecutors in the case. Blurton, who had pleaded not guilty, was granted a change of venue from Benton County. Jurors were sequestered during the trial.