Death penalty sought for deaths of couple, 2 year-old son in May fire

NEWPORT, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Cocke Co. District Attorney General will seek the death penalty against at least one of the defendants in triple murder case against two people charged in connection with a deadly fire that claimed the lives of a Hartford couple and their son.

Adam Edwards was arraigned Monday morning, at which time the District Attorney General James Dunn indicated he will seek the death penalty. His preliminary hearing was set for late September.

Marsha Shelton is set to be arraigned on Tuesday, at which time Dunn will let the court know if he plans on asking for a death sentence against her as well, should she be convicted. She faces a number of charges, including three counts of first degree murder, three counts of felony murder, and conspiracy to commit robbery. She will be arraigned Tuesday.

Back in May, the home Teri Henderson and Sherman Ellison had lived in with their son for five years burned to the ground.

Their car was missing from the home, so firefighters and neighbors assumed they were unharmed.

The following day, the bodies of all three were discovered in the home. Edwards and Shelton were arrested in North Carolina with the car a few days later.


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