COLE COUNTY - The trial for the man accused of killing three Cole Camp residents has been delayed. Robert Blurton entered a not guilty plea in a preliminary hearing back in September for the 2009 murder of his aunt, uncle, and their granddaughter.
This isn't the first delay to Blurton's trial. It was set to begin last October, but was delayed at the request of his defense attorneys.
In charging Blurton with three counts of first-degree murder, officers allege in the probable cause statement that Blurton entered the residence of Donnie, Sharon and 15-year-old Taron on the evening of June 9, 2009 and subsequently bound and murdered them. After a 911 call at 10:16 p.m., officers responded to the crime scene. According to the statement, on June 17, an undisclosed person identified the voice in the 911 call to Blurton, whom authorities suspect may not have acted alone in the crime.
Cole Camp Police Chief "Storm" Walker told KOMU, "[The crime] was the first homicide we ever had inside the city limits. It was pretty shocking for the community to go through that, and there was certainly fear based on that, because it took us a while to complete the investigation."
No word yet on when the trial will be rescheduled. It will presumably still be at the Clay County Courthouse, because Blurton's attorneys filed for a change of venue.