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Denton found guilty in triple murder trial

J.H. Osborne • Jan 23, 2019 at 1:58 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — A Sullivan County jury has returned guilty verdicts of first-degree murder against Robert Seth Denton for the 2015 slayings of his mother, stepfather and grandmother.

The decision was announced shortly before 2 p.m. in Criminal Court in Blountville, following nearly two days of deliberations and a trial that lasted all of last week. Denton was also found guilty of two counts of aggravated assault and reckless endangerment in the shooting deaths.

Five days of testimony were heard by jurors. There were more than two dozen witnesses and the introduction of about 180 pieces of evidence. Sentencing is set for this afternoon. 

Denton was accused of entering his grandparents’ Bristol home on Aug. 29, 2015 through the back door, then fatally opening fire on three family members with a rifle while six young children were present. Five of the juveniles are Denton's siblings.

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