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Greene County teenager accused of murdering father to be tried as an adult

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GREENE COUNTY, TN (WJHL) -

A teenage son accused in the murder of his father learned Thursday in Greene County Juvenile Court that he will be tried as an adult.

Zachary Blanchard was charged back in April with first-degree murder in the death of his father, 36-year-old Robert Blanchard.

Blanchard and three other teens were found in South Carolina following a manhunt prompted by the discovery of Robert Blanchard’s body.

Blanchard’s transfer hearing began at 10:30 a.m. Thursday and concluded around 5:45 p.m., with Blanchard being transferred to adult court.

His bond was set at $350,000.

He will continue to be housed in a secure facility by the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services.

Blanchard’s next court appearance will be in Greene County Criminal Court in either September of January.

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