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Cause of Death Released in Blanton's Homicide

PAINTSVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) – The Johnson County couple whose bodies were found buried on their farm last month died of blunt force trauma.

On February 22, investigators found the bodies of William Blanton, 60, and Sandra Blanton, 53, buried near a barn their farm in Oil Springs.

Johnson County Coroner J.R. Frisby says while they know how the couple died, they do not know what was used to kill them

Frisby says the Blanton’s suffered trauma to the head and body.

He says the medical examiner had to use dental records and a pacemaker to make the positive identification.

Frisby says that it appears the husband and wife were killed near where the bodies were found.

He also says investigators are using September 7 as the date they died. The couple disappeared in early September.

The bodies were found after the girlfriend of the Blanton’s son, Willie, 29, made a plea deal with the Commonwealth Attorney.

In the plea deal, Amanda Fannin, 32, of Oil Springs agreed to divulge everything she knew about how the couple died, and where the couple’s remains could be found. This included information and testimony that would allow the Commonwealth Attorney to prosecute
Willie Blanton for the deaths of his parents and concealing their remains.

The Johnson County Sheriff says this is now a homicide case.

In October, Willie and Fannin, were indicted in Johnson County on charges not directly related to the disappearance of Blanton's parents.

Both have been in jail since that time.

A Johnson County grand jury is expected to consider murder charges against Willie Blanton when it meets March 20.

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