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Indictment In Johnson Co Murder Case

It is an investigation that lasted up to six months, starting as a missing persons case and eventually turning into a murder investigation.

Larry and Sandara Blanton disappeared last September, and officials found their bodies buried on their farm last month.

Their son, Willie Blanton, is now charged with killing both of them.

Police found the Blantons' bodies in February buried behind their barn. They say the discovery gave them all the evidence needed to prosecute Willie Blanton, and on Wednesday a grand jury indicted him.

Officials say they are pleased with the indictment, but they say without the plea agreement taken by Willie Blanton's girlfriend, Amanda Fannin, they may never have found the bodies and the charges may never have come.

In the plea agreement Fannin divulged information leading to the bodies in exchange for immunity from charges in the case. The plea also states Willie Blanton cannot face the death penalty.

Blanton is charged for two counts of murder, two counts of tampering with physical evidence, and one count of persistent felony offender.

He is being held  on a $100,000 cash bond in the Boyd County Detention Center and is set to be arraigned April 5.

Filed under: Boyd Co. | Arrests | Police investigate


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