PARMA -- Late this afternoon, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner ruled the deaths of Jim and Wava King of Cleveland homicides.
The medical examiner said that the couple had received blunt impacts to their heads, resulting in skull and brain injuries, according to medical examiner spokesman Powell Caesar.
Meanwhile, a Parma man -- the grandson of Jim and Wava King -- was being held in Cleveland jail in connection to the killings.
Anthony King, 29, had not been charged as of this afternoon, Cleveland police said.
Jim King, 75, and Wava King, 72, were killed late Sunday or early Monday in their home on Virginia Avenue in Cleveland.
Cleveland police did not indicate whether the couple had been shot or beaten to death.
Here is what happened, according to Cleveland and Parma police:
The daughter of Jim and Wava King, who apparently lived with her parents, awoke Monday morning and found her mother lying on the couch and bleeding from the head.
The daughter called Cleveland police at 8:49 a.m. Officers found Jim King in the basement. He also was bleeding from the head.
Both victims were unresponsive. Police called paramedics, who pronounced both Jim and Wava King dead on the scene.
Police then determined that the couple’s 2004 gray Buick LeSabre was missing from the property.
Cleveland police notified other area police departments, including Parma’s, about the missing car.
By that time, Anthony King was a suspect. He lived on State Road so Parma police were watching that corridor of the city.
At about 8:30 p.m. Monday, a Parma officer saw the LeSabre heading southbound on State at Torrington Avenue.
The officer followed the LeSabre until other officers converged on the area. Then police stopped the car at the 6000 block of State.
Police detained the driver, later identified as Anthony King, who was the only person in the car. Then Parma officers contacted Cleveland police.
Cleveland police took King into custody but did not initially arrest him. They had the car towed.
Early Tuesday, Cleveland police announced they had arrested King in connection with the killings.
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