Charges Could Take Weeks for Triple-Murder Suspect

DA expects case to go before grand jury in February or March

Wednesday, Jan 25, 2012  |  Updated 3:38 PM CDT
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Charges Could Take Weeks for Triple-Murder Suspect

DeSoto Parish Sheriff

The sheriff of DeSoto Parish, La., said Thomas Taunton, 52, is being held on a capital murder warrant in connection with the disappearances of three people in Fannin County.

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It will take several weeks for murder charges to be filed against a man accused of killing three people found behind a barn in North Texas.

Fannin County Criminal District Attorney Richard Glaser tells The Associated Press that he expects the case against 52-year-old Thomas Taunton to go before a grand jury in late February or March.

Glaser says he won't decide whether to seek the death penalty for Taunton until the grand jury returns an indictment.

Taunton was arrested last week in Louisiana in connection with the deaths of 73-year-old Harold Harpst, 79-year-old Sue Harpst and 48-year-old Regina Taunton. Regina Taunton was Sue Harpst's daughter. Authorities haven't said whether Thomas Taunton is related to the three.

Taunton was brought back to Texas earlier this week.

The victims were found about 30 miles from their home in rural Leonard.

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