Parma Man Faces Death Penalty in Grandparents’ Murder

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CLEVELAND — A Parma man faces the possibility of the death penalty for allegedly killing his own grandparents.

Anthony King, 29, of Parma, was indicted by a Cuyahoga County grand jury on 11 charges in connection with the murders of 75-year-old James Riley King and 72-year-old Wava King.

King was indicted on Friday on four counts of aggravated murder, one count of aggravated burglary, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of kidnapping, one count of grand theft, and one count of tampering with evidence. If found guilty of the aggravated murder counts, King could be sentenced to death.

Prosecutors say on April 23, 2012, King beat his grandparents with a pipe wrench in their Virginia Avenue home.

The body of Wava King was discovered in the couple’s home by her daughter. Police later found James King’s body in the basement of the home.

Later that same day, Parma police tracked down the couple’s missing car on State Road. King was driving and taken into custody without incident.

Anthony King remains housed in the Cleveland Central Prison Unit. His arraignment  has not been scheduled yet.

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