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  • Jury recommends death penalty in 2009 Cole Camp triple homicide

  • A Clay County jury returned guilty verdicts and recommended the death penalty in a triple homicide that took place in Cole Camp just over four years ago.
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  • A Clay County jury returned guilty verdicts and recommended the death penalty in a triple homicide that took place in Cole Camp just over four years ago.
    Attorney General Chris Koster announced Tuesday that Robert Blurton was found guilty in the murders of his aunt, uncle and 15-year old cousin in 2009.
    Blurton's trial was moved to Clay County, where the Attorney General's Office assisted the Benton County prosecutor in the capital murder case.
    On June 7, 2009, Blurton was found to have entered the home of Donnie and Sharon Luetjen in Cole Camp. He then bound and shot the couple and their teenaged granddaughter, Taron Luetjen, killing them, and then fled with money and other valuables.
    "The Leutjen family and the close-knit community of Cole Camp deserved to see justice done," said Koster. "I hope that these verdicts begin to bring some degree of closure."
    The jury convicted Blurton of three counts of first degree murder last Friday and recommended death for each of the three counts on Saturday, June 15. Sentencing by Clay County Circuit Judge Larry D. Harman is scheduled for Aug. 9, 2013.

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