TELFAIR COUNTY, Ga. - A man charged in the murder of an elderly Atlanta couple, after he allegedly lured them to south Georgia in response to a Craigslist ad for a vintage Ford Mustang, plead not guilty in a Telfair County courtroom Wednesday.
Ronnie "Jay” Towns denied all murder and armed robbery charges against him in the 2015 murder of Bud and June Runion. During Wednesday’s hearing, defense attorneys requested more time to gather data for motions that were supposed to be heard that day. The next court hearing is scheduled for October 18 and 19.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Towns in the brutal murder of the Runions.
Police said Towns used Craigslist to lure the Runions 200 miles away from their Cobb County home with the promise of selling them a 1966 Ford Mustang.
Authorities found the Runions' bodies near a pond where Towns allegedly tried to hide the couple's SUV. Investigators said both had been shot in the head.