Man Charged With Murder of Craigslist Car Buyers

Suspect lured Ga. couple, shot them in head: cops
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2015 6:39 AM CST
Man Charged With Murder of Craigslist Car Buyers
Ronnie Adrian “Jay” Towns makes his first courtroom appearance Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in McRae, Ga.   (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Kent D. Johnson)

A tragic end for the Georgia couple who vanished while trying to buy a car on Craigslist. Police say two bodies found in the woods outside McRae, near where the couple's 2003 GMC Envoy was discovered submerged in a lake, are indeed those of Bud Runion, 69, and his wife, June, 66. Both were shot in the head with a small-caliber handgun, police say. Ronnie Adrian "Jay" Towns, who grew up 80 miles northwest of McRae in Macon, is now charged with malice murder and armed robbery, the AP reports. Entering a courtroom yesterday, Towns said, "I didn't do it," before a judge denied him bond, the Macon Telegraph reports. His mother seconded that claim, adding "evidence could have been planted" in her son's trailer.

Bud Runion posted an ad on Craigslist on Jan. 19 looking to buy a 1966 Ford Mustang convertible, like the one he purchased after returning from the Vietnam War. "He said, 'You can't take money with you when you're gone,' " his daughter says. "You might as well spend and enjoy it." Police now say Towns—who has a wife and young daughter and was recently fired from a landscaping company—answered the ad with the intention of robbing the couple, who set out from their home in Marietta on Thursday. A cellphone used to contact them was traced to Towns, who police say doesn't own a Mustang, CBS News reports. In Marietta, the Runions are remembered as charitable people, who restored bicycles for kids and donated food, household supplies, and coats to the poor. (More Georgia stories.)

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