BONHAM, TX - Investigators have recovered a key piece of evidence in a triple murder last month in Fannin County. The minivan that belonged to the victims was recovered this morning by the Fannin County Sheriff's Office in Durant, Oklahoma.
Chief Deputy James Woods says they were contacted by Durant Police that the silver 2007 Dodge Caravan had been abandoned at a Durant motel. Motel personnel told investigators the van had been parked on the lot for several weeks. Woods says Fannin County Sheriff Donnie Foster, Fannin County investigators and a Texas Ranger traveled to Durant to recover the van. Woods says the minivan has been sent to a Texas DPS Crime Lab for processing to determine whether any additional evidence can be located.
Thomas L. Taunton, the man accused of shooting and killing 73-year-old Harold Harpst, his 79-year-old wife, Sue, and her daughter, 48-year-old Regina Taunton, is now in the Fannin County Jail where he is facing three charges of capital murder. Their bodies were found behind a barn off Highway 11 near Sherman on January 21. Taunton was caught in Louisiana two days later and brought back to Texas.
The case against Taunton is expected to go before a grand jury next month. District attorney Richard Glaser says it's possible his office could seek the death penalty in the case.