A man killed his sister, her baby and his grandparents, leaving pennies in each of their eyes. But the motive for why he slaughters his relatives remains unclear.
Now, a judge has made sure he will never walk free again.
Recently, a judge in Missouri sentenced Grayden Denham to four life sentences, plus an additional 115 years in prison, according to Fox4KC. He was convicted by a jury in December of four counts of first-degree murder.
Denham killed his sister Heather, 31, and her baby, Mason. He also killed their grandparents, 82-year-old Russell Denham and 81-year-old Shirley Denham, according to Fox4KC.
The shooting happened in Egerton, Missouri, in 2016, according to the report.
“This defendant massacred his entire family, including the family dog,” Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd said, according to WIBW. “I believe this is the only quadruple homicide in Platte County history. We can pray it is the last. But it’s right and just that the man responsible will die in prison for his horrific crimes.”
Fire crews responded to the scene because of a house fire and found the victims, according to WIBW. The victims had all been shot and had pennies on or near their eyes.
Grayden Denham’s ex-girlfriend testified during the trial that one of Grayden’s favorite movies was “Boondock Saints,” where the characters put coins in the eyes of their victims, according to WIBW.
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Investigators said the motive was never clear, though witnesses said tension rose between Dunham and his family before the killing, WIBW reported. Grayden was seen arguing with Russell the day before the murder.
Grayden Denham had been using methamphetamine around the time of the killings.
Police searched for Grayden Denham after finding the bodies and he was located wandering naked near an elementary school in Arizona — about 1,000 miles from the murder scene, according to WIBW.
He had stolen his grandfather’s vehicle and fled cross-country after the killings.
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