11:38 AM
Robert Blurton

A Garnett, KS man facing the death penalty was formally arraigned and pleaded not guilty this afternoon in Benton County circuit court to three counts of first-degree murder.

Prosecutors say Robert Blake Blurton bound and shot his aunt and uncle, Sharon and Donnie Luetjen, and their 15 year-old daughter Taron last June during a robbery at the family's Cole Camp home.

Attorney General Chris Koster's office is prosecuting the case.

On May 16, 2010, 'Music in the Park' will be held at Water Tower Park in Cole Camp from 2pm to 5pm in memory of Taron, Donnie and Sharon Luetjen. ALL proceeds benefit the Luetjen Music Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Blurton's next court hearing is scheduled for May 11, 2010.