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Taunton indicted for capital murder in Leonard triple homicide

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

BONHAM, TX - The man accused of killing three of his family members in Leonard three months ago was indicted on three counts of capital murder today, district attorney Richard Glaser said.

Earlier today the Grand Jury met for a special session here at the Fannin County Courthouse to consider the case of Thomas Taunton. Glaser says It took Grand Jury members just an hour and a half to come to their decision.

Taunton allegedly shot and killed his mother, 79-year-old Sue Harpst, her husband, 73-year-old Harold Harpst, and his sister, 48-year-old Regina Taunton in January. Their bodies were found just a few days later off State Highway 11 in Grayson County.

Glaser says they scheduled the special session today because the law says if a suspect has not been indicted after 90 days, they can be released. Taunton was just two weeks away from that deadline.

The D.A.'s office has not decided if they will seek the death penalty, but if they do, Glaser says it will be the first time in his eight years in office.


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