Coroner: Dad died of 'multiple chop wounds to the head'

Son, recently released from prison, is being held in lieu of $2 million bond.
MCT Regional News
Jun 1, 2014

A Heath man found dead in his home last week died from “multiple chop wounds to the head,” according to the Licking County coroner.

An autopsy of Adam Runyons Sr. performed last night appears to confirm what Heath police said: that Runyons, 51, was killed with a machete by his son, Adam Runyons Jr., 32.

The elder Runyons was found dead Thursday morning at 497 Woodland Dr. in Heath, where both men lived, along with the younger Runyon's step-brother, 4-year-old Trevor.

Runyons Jr., known as A.J., is being held in lieu of $2 million bond. He went to live with his father after recently being released from prison.

After the killing on Thursday, Runyons Jr. drove to Utica in his father’s car and took his step-brother and father’s two dogs with him, according to a 911 call released by Heath police.

He called his aunt and asked her to meet him in Utica, according to a call from Utica police to Heath police at 11:30 a.m. The aunt’s husband said Runyons Jr. told him he’d chopped up his dad with a machete, before handing him Trevor and leaving in his father’s car with the two dogs, the Utica dispatcher said.

After a three hour search, Runyons Jr. was arrested just before 2 p.m. in the Utica High School parking lot after he tried to get into the school. The dogs had died from heat exhaustion.

Trevor Runyons, whose mother, Ruby Sessor, died shortly after his birth, is with relatives. Police have not said whether he witnessed the crime.

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By Allison Manning - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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