Cleveland: Grandson charged in deaths

9:47 AM, Apr 26, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Anthony King has been charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of his grandparents, James and Wava King. King is scheduled to appear in Cleveland Municipal Court Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m.

On Tuesday, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner released the cause of death of the elderly couple who lived on Virginia Avenue in Old Brooklyn.

He ruled that the deaths were homicides from blunt impacts to their heads. The couple, Wava King, 72, and her husband, James King, 75, were found dead Monday morning. 

Late Monday, police arrested Anthony King, 29, of Parma, after he was found driving his grandparents' missing car about 8:30 p.m. Monday in the 6000 block of State Road in Parma.

Anthony King is currently being held in the Cleveland police's central prison unit awaiting charges.

Earlier Monday, police dispatchers received a call just before 9 a.m. Monday from the elderly couple's daughter, Denise King, who lived with her parents.

The daughter told police when she woke up she found her mother bleeding from the head on the couch of the family's Virginia Avenue home.

Police then found the victim's husband in the basement. He was also bleeding from the head. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

"This is very shocking. My heart is beating a hundred miles an hour," said next door neighbor Maribel Rodriguez. "It's so close to home just thinking about it. They lived right next door to me and I didn't think it could happen to anyone in our neighborhood."

Relatives of the couple say they were wonderful people.

"He worked 40 years at LTV steel," Don Charles King said, of his uncle James King. "And she was a Bible believing woman," he said, of his aunt Wava.

Police say there was no sign of forced entry into the home.


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