Son indicted in killing of his parents

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Johnson County grand jury has indicted the son of an eastern Kentucky couple found buried on their farm.

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

A missing persons case was opened in September 2012 after Larry and Sandara Blanton disappeared. Authorities found the couple's bodies last month.

Johnson County Sheriff Dwayne Price told WYMT-TV in Hazard that Willie Blanton was immediately identified as a person of interest and has been deceitful with investigators.

Authorities said a plea agreement in which Willie Blanton's girlfriend, Amanda Fannin, received immunity was the key to breaking the case. Price said he doesn't believe Fannin was involved in the killings.


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