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Guilty Pleas: Edwards, Shelton get life sentences for triple homicide in Grassy Fork


Defendants Adam L. Edwards, left, and Marsha Gail Shelton, right, are shown before
their arraignment earlier this year for the deaths of three people in Grassy Fork.
Published: 9:07 AM, 12/18/2012 Last updated: 9:15 AM, 12/18/2012

Author: Gilbert Soesbee
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT-All they came away with was a car, a guitar, a banjo, an electric drill, and a Wii games system after cutting the throats of two adults inside a Grassy Fork residence and leaving a nearly three-year-old child to die inside a clothes dryer.

District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn on Monday detailed for the first time in public what occurred inside the Grassy Fork mobile home before it was destroyed by fire on May 26. The two defendants swapped the Wii system for some Xanax pills and sold the guitar and banjo. The car was wrecked in the Del Rio area after a 45-minute police chase.

The details of the case came after a local man and woman, who had been accused of "mass murder" and were facing the death penalty, pled guilty to three counts of felony murder in connection with the arson-caused fire.

Thirty-year-old Marsha Gail Shelton and 44-year-old Adam L. Edwards each pled guilty to three counts of felony murder in order to avoid the death penalty in the case. Edwards agreed to accept three consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole and Shelton was sentenced to three concurrent life terms with the possibility of parole.

For more details, please see the Tuesday edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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