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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Adopted Son Kills for Inheritance

Anthony bluml

Anthony Bluml, 19, was arrested last year for the deaths of his adoptive parents.  Bluml allegedly killed his parents with the help of four other friends, in an effort to expedite his inheritance. 

On Thursday, Branden Smith, 19, took the witness stand as part of a plea deal in which he agreed to testify against his friends.  Smith told the court Bluml moved in with him after his adoptive parents kicked him out of their house for using marijuana.  Late last year, Smith and Bluml drove to San Diego so Bluml could reconnect with his biological mother and stayed with her for almost two months. 

When Smith drove back to Witchita, Bluml and his biological mother accompanied him.  The plan to kill the Blumls was brought up on the way back.  Smith said Bluml told them, “If we kill my parents we can get will money,” referring to an inheritance he thought his adoptive parents would leave him.  Smith then admitted to giving Bluml the gun that was used in the shootings.

See Roxana Hegeman, Witness: Friend Killed Parents for Inheritance, The Modesto Bee, July 17, 2014.   


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