Cobb County slaying suspect denied bond

EASTMAN, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The man accused killing a Marietta couple in Telfair County was denied bond.

Ronnie “Jay” Towns was formally charged with the crime last month.

The hearing was held Friday in a Dodge County courtroom. Telfair County District Attorney Timothy Vaughn tells 41NBC Towns is booked in the Dodge County jail.

Towns is charged with a total of eight counts, including murder, felony murder, and armed robbery.

The Telfair County Sheriff’s Office says in January, Towns shot 69-year-old Elrey “Bud” Runion and his 66-year-old wife June. The Cobb County couple drove to Telfair County to check out a car they saw on Craigslist.

Their bodies and SUV were found in a lake. The GBI also found pieces of possible evidence, including guns and personal items investigators believe belong to the Runions.

Vaughn says Towns’ arraignment is scheduled for June.

Categories: Dodge County, Local News, Telfair County

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