Arrest made in decade-old double murder case

Arrest made in decade-old double murder case (KTUL)

Elaine Denney’s passion was nature.

It was fitting that the daffodils she loved recently sprung up on the road to her daughter’s house because on Thursday, her daughter, Sarah Keener, and her family got the news they’d been waiting 10 years to hear.

“I don’t know, it’s been 10 years, but it’s only been 10 years,” said Sarah. “I don’t know if that makes any sense because to me it was like yesterday.”

“For this long, you sit and you try to figure it out, you try to do it yourself and figure it out,” said Ladney Keener, Sarah’s husband.

It's been exactly 3,729 days since Jack and Elaine Denney were found murdered in their home. It was Christmas Day 2007 when Sarah, Ladney and the kids were heading to grandma and grandpa's house. Instead of Christmas presents, they walked in on a nightmare – Jack and Elaine had been murdered.

On Thursday, Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault walked through the door and told the family deputies had their guy and on Friday he’d be officially charged.

“[Jason] practiced this a lot in the last 10 years, how he was going to tell us,” said Sarah.

“It's finally happening, it’s real,” said Sarah’s daughter, Kaelyn.

Real, like the love between Jack and Elaine that was captured on home videos the family hadn’t seen in years.

“Actually getting to hear their voices was something that I really needed,” said Lyndsey, Sarah’s other daughter.

It’s a crime that still doesn’t make sense, no murder charge or even a guilty verdict will explain everything.

But Thursday, the love that Jack and Elaine Denney left behind drowns out the sadness.

“They would say, 'I love you. You’re okay. You’re going to be okay,'” said Sarah.

Officials are announcing the official charges Friday morning at 11:30.

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