Robert Blurton made his first court appearance this morning (06-29-09) for his alleged involvement in the deaths of his aunt and uncle, Donnie and Sharon Luetjen, and their daughter, Taron.
Blurton appeared in an Anderson County courtroom and said he will fight extradition to Missouri. He will continue to be held in Kansas on a fugitive complaint. What will happen next is Missouri Governor Jay Nixon will sign a governor's warrant for Blurton's extradition.....and it could take as long as ninety days for Blurton to be returned to Missouri to face murder charges. If Blurton has not been extradited to Missouri by August 13th, a judge in Kansas will review the matter.
The Luetjens were found shot to death in the Cole Camp home on June 9th--investigators believe that the family was killed sometime during the late evening hours of June 7th or on Monday June 8th.
Blurton was arrested at his Garnett, KS, home just after midnight over the weekend (06-27-09) on three counts of first-degree murder. Investigators say that a cell phone call made from inside the Luetjen home and DNA evidence recovered from the crime scene led them to Blurton.
Authorities say that they believe that at least one more person is involved in the Luetjen homicides and that they will reconvene tomorrow to compare notes.