June 18, 2013
Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Chris Koster today announced that a Clay County jury returned guilty verdicts and recommended the death penalty for Robert Blurton, for each conviction of the 2009 murders of his aunt, uncle, and 15-year old cousin in their Cole Camp home.
Blurton's trial was moved to Clay County, where the Attorney General's Office assisted the Benton County Prosecutor in the capital murder case. The evidence showed that on June 7, 2009, Blurton entered the home of Donnie and Sharon Luetjen in Cole Camp. He 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 August 9, 2013.