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State and defense rest in triple-murder trial, murder suspect testifies

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BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn--The man accused of killing three family members in Sullivan County took the stand on Friday.

Both the prosecution and the defense have rested their cases.

Denton, who was 19 at the time when police accused him of going inside a family home on Henson Road in August 2015 in Bristol, Tennessee with a rifle and killing his mother Toshya Millhorn, 39, his stepfather, James Millhorn, 36, and his grandmother, Lena Rose, 57. Investigators said six children including five of Denton's half siblings under the age of 10 witnessed the shootings.

Denton told jurors on Friday that he is not responsible for shootings.

"Did you shoot Toshya Milhorn?" asked defense attorney, Ricky Curtis.

"No I did not," replied Denton.

"Did you shoot your step-father James Milhorn? asked Curtis.

"No I did not," replied Denton.

"Did you shoot your grandmother Lena Rose?" asked Curtis.

"No I did not," he replied.

Denton said on August 29th, 2015 he went to his grandfather's house at 618 Henson Road to see if he wanted to go to the firing range with him. Denton said he loaded his car with the M1 Garand, ammunition, and a Turkish Mauser and then parked at the bottom of the driveway.

“The brakes only worked on three of my tires. I didn’t want to risk damaging my car by driving up and down the driveway," said Denton.

Denton said he spoke with his grandfather Curtis Rose, outside of the home.

“At some point I asked him if he had any .30-0 6 ammunition and he said he didn’t know..this was after he took the rifle from me and we went inside the house," said Denton.

The rifle was the M1 Garand, which Denton had purchased from a military surplus store in Johnson City.

“I heard the rifle click like you was putting rounds in it, but I didn’t register at the time that anything happened then I stepped in the house and I heard the gunshot go off.," said Denton.

Denton says after the first shot he ran from the house.

“I thought I was going to die. I thought he was going to kill me," said Denton.

A camouflage jacket, and the M1 Garand were taken by police as evidence on the day of the shooting. The jacket was filled with ammunition, and had blood stains on the pockets.

Denton admits the jacket belonged to him, but said he didn't wear it on August 29th, 2015.

“My grandfather bought it for me sometime when I was in middle school," he said.

Witness Thomas Miller, Denton's friend, previously testified that Denton called him the day of the shooting.

“He started thanking me for being good friends with him...I asked what’s going on, and he nonchalantly explained that he snapped. He didn’t say what that meant," said Miller.

Denton told the jury when he said that, he meant his grandfather was the one who snapped.


RELATED:

https://wcyb.com/news/local/opening-statements-begin-in-sullivan-county

https://wcyb.com/news/local/10-people-testify-in-day-two-of-sullivan-county-murder-trial

https://wcyb.com/news/local/law-enforcement-and-medical-staff-testify-in-day-three-of-murder-trial

https://wcyb.com/news/local/roommate-of-shooting-suspect-he-wanted-to-go-on-a-rampage


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