Missouri man accused of killing 4 relatives, burning bodies


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 24-year-old man is accused of fatally shooting four of his family members then burning their bodies in northwestern Missouri.

Grayden Denham is charged with four counts of first-degree murder in the Feb. 19 deaths of two of his grandparents, his sister and her 3-month-old son at their home near Edgerton, 30 miles north of Kansas City.

Authorities say all four were shot in the head then set alight.

Denham also is charged with animal abuse, armed criminal action, tampering and second-degree arson.

He was taken into custody Feb. 21 after being found walking naked in northwestern Arizona. He was returned earlier this month to Missouri, where he was arrested on suspicion of stealing his grandparents’ car.

Denham’s attorney, John P. O’Connor, says his client plans to plead not guilty.

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This story has been corrected to show that Grayden Denham is 24, not 25.

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