• Memorial growing for Cobb County couple killed in Telfair County


    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - A Telfair County judge denied bond for a murder suspect accused of killing a Cobb County couple after luring them through a car ad on Craigslist.

    Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steverson said additional charges had been filed against 28-year-old Ronnie "Jay" Towns Jr. Tuesday.

    Towns is charged with murder and armed robbery in the deaths of Bud Runion, 69, and June Runion, 66.

    Police tell Channel 2's Jessica Jaglois that the Runions were both shot in the head.

    Towns waived his preliminary hearing in Telfair County court Tuesday, and a judge denied him bond.

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    The couple disappeared Thursday after driving to south Georgia to buy a 1966 Ford Mustang Bud Runion saw listed on Craigslist. 

    Two bodies believed to be those of the Runions were found Monday, Steverson said.

    Police found the bodies, along with the couple’s SUV, in a pond in Telfair County.

    Telfair County Sheriff Chris Steversen said the bodies were those of a man and a woman. Tuesday, he confirmed that the bodies were identified as the Runions. 

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    "My heart goes out to the Runion family. We’ve done everything we possibly could do to get this family found, get their parents found, unfortunately it's a sad outcome, but hopefully there will be some closure knowing that they have been located," Steverson said Monday. 

    Steverson named Towns as a suspect Sunday, and said warrants were issued for his arrest. He initially faced charges of giving false statements to investigators and crimintal attempt to commit theft by deception.

    Towns turned himself in to the Telfair County Sheriff's Office on Monday, officials said. 

    Channel 2's Aaron Diamant talked to Towns' father, Ronnie Towns Sr., about the allegations against his son.

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    He said his son claims the allegations are false. When asked why his son was hiding in the woods, Towns Sr. said he presumed he was scared the police were after him.

    Diamant attempted to ask Towns why he lured the couple to Telfair County as he was leaving court Tuesday, but Towns Jr. had no comment. 

    Diamant also spoke to Towns’ aunt after the hearing.

    "I'm in total shock. I can't believe it, Anne Horton said. “There's no way, absolutely no way that I believe Jay did this.”

    No one answered the door Tuesday night at the home Towns shared with his wife and young daughter. Tuesday afternoon, 

    Towns’ sister told us her family shares the Runion family's grief, but asked for compassion.

    "I just want them to know that I don't want them to place any blame on my brother at this moment until there's proof, there's evidence for everyone out there," Angalena Towns said.

    Stay with WSBTV.com and watch the Channel 2 Action News  as we continue to follow this investigation and murder case. 

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