Two teens could face trial as adults in Greene County murder case

GREENEVILLE, TN (WJHL) – Two of four teenagers charged in a Greene County murder in April could face trial as adults.

Paperwork was filed Thursday in Greene County Juvenile Court to have Daniel Richards-Birchfield tried as an adult for accessory after the fact in the death of 36-year-old Robert Blanchard.

Zach Blanchard - Click on the image to see more photos.
Zach Blanchard – Click on the image to see more photos.

Robert Blanchard’s son Zachary Blanchard was charged with first-degree murder in the case. The state already filed paperwork to have him tried as an adult.

Zachary Blanchard will appear in Juvenile Court June 12, and Richards-Birchfield will appear June 26. A judge will decide on those days if the teenagers can be transferred to adult court.

The state also had deadlines to transfer to adult court Shelby Riley and Liam Lawlor, both of whom are also charged with accessory after the fact in the murder of Robert Blanchard.

No paperwork was filed in their cases, so Riley and Lawlor will appear for trial in Juvenile Court next on June 17 and 24, respectively.
The teens are accused of leading authorities on a 10-hour manhunt into South Carolina back in April. They were all found in Newberry County, S.C.

The teens charged with being accessories also each face a theft charge.
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