Kansas man convicted in slaying of 3 relatives in Cole Camp, Missouri

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) - A southeast Kansas man could face the death penalty after being convicted of murdering three of his relatives at their home in west-central Missouri.

KOLR-TV reports a Clay County jury recommended the sentence Saturday for 47-year-old Robert Blurton, of Garnett, Kan.

The same jury convicted Blurton late Friday of first-degree murder in the shootings of his aunt and uncle, Donnie and Sharon Luetjen , and their 15-year-old granddaughter, Taron Luetjen. The killings took place in June 2009 at the couple's home in Cole Camp.

The trial was moved from Benton County to Clay County because of extensive publicity.

Investigators said Blurton killed the three after a robbery.

Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 9. Online court records show Blurton's lawyer plans to file a motion for a new trial.
 

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