Prosecutors to seek death penalty against Platte Co. man for murders of 4 family members

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty if a northwest Missouri man is convicted of killing four members of his family.

Attorneys will present evidence for the death penalty case in a June 1 hearing in Platte County Circuit Court.

Grayden Lane Denham, 25, is accused of fatally shooting his grandparents, his sister and her 3-month-old son in February. Their bodies were found outside a burning home near Edgerton.

Heather Denham and her son, Mason

He has pleaded not guilty and is being held in Platte County Detention Center. Bond is set at $4 million.

Russell and Shirley Denham, photo via Hixon-Klein Funeral Home.

Denham was arrested in Seligman, Arizona, where police said he was walking around naked. He is also charged with arson and animal abuse for shooting a dog.

Details of events preceding the shooting and fire haven’t been released.

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