Bud and June Runion, of Marietta, were reported missing before they were found dead.
The couple had lived in Marietta more than three decades. They were recent grandparents.
She'd been a second-grade teacher in Cobb County and was working as a preschool instructor at Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, a daughter previously told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Bud was retired from AT&T and would collect old bicycle parts, restore them and build new bikes that he would deliver to underprivileged children around the holidays.
He’d previously posted to Craigslist that he was looking for a 1966 Mustang, according to The Telegraph. That’s how Towns tricked them into heading to McRae-Helena.
Their bodies were found with gunshot wounds in their heads along a dirt road not far from where Towns’ parents lived on a 300-acre farm south of the area, the newspaper reported.
The case will likely go to trial next year.
Next door neighbor Tom Murphy remembers Bud and June Runion of Marietta. JOHN SPINK/JSPINK@AJC.COM
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