District Attorney seeks death penalty in Runion couple deaths

MCRAE, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – The prosecution is seeking the death penalty against Ronnie Jay Towns in the murder of 69-year-old Elrey "Bud" Runion and his 66-year-old wife, June, according to Oconee Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tim Vaughn.

Vaughn filed the notice Monday. The motions lists the reasons why the state is seeking the death penalty, including "the offense of murder and armed robbery was outrageously or wantonly vile, horrible, or inhuman in that it involved torture, depravity of mind, or an aggravated battery to the victim."

Ronnie Jay Towns is charged with malice murder, felony murder, and armed robbery.

Towns’ arraignment was set for Thursday. It had to be rescheduled because the state is seeking the death penalty. No word on when it will be held.

41NBC News reached out to Towns’ attorney for comment, but we have not heard back.