Ronald James Blowers, 25, pled not guilty in the homicide case of Wayne and Mable Wells Thursday. Blowers is charged with multiple counts including fleeing arrest, armed criminal action, first degree burglary and second degree murder in relation to events that occurred on Dec. 3, 2012. His case will go on to a jury trial.
According to a press release from the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, evidence from the scene and information obtained from Blowers led to the charges being filed in the beginning of December 2012. While it was first believed that the victims had been killed from multiple gunshots from a small caliber firearm, the autopsy revealed that they died of blunt force trauma. It is believed that a pipe, knife and screwdriver were used to inflict the injuries, the press release stated. Apipe found near the scene is believed to be one of the weapons.
Blowers was arrested and held in the Morgan County Adult Detention Center on a $1 million bond.
Blowers was first arrested on the evening of Tuesday, Dec. 4, after running from police when they went to question him around 5:30 p.m. about a pistol that had been stolen from his neighbor's home, located about a mile from the Wells' Ivy Bend residence. As officers approached Blowers, the probable cause statement for his arrest for the murders says that he "brandished a knife at officers while in his driveway and began stabbing himself repeatedly in the stomach."Blowers allegedly told officers, "I did not mean to do it," before running into the woods and leading police on a lengthy foot pursuit.During the incident, Blowers refused to drop the knife and continued to stab himself in the stomach and neck, according to the probable cause statement. "He spontaneously denied killing 'those' people," the probable cause statement says. Officers captured him and took him into custody, and he was initially taken to the hospital for treatment. In an interview after the incident at the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, Blowers admitted to being present at the Wells' home during the alleged homicide and admitted to using a pipe, knife and screwdriver to inflict injuries on the victims, as stated in the probable cause statement. Blowers was also in a single-car accident the night of the incident around 6:15 p.m. on Ivy Bend Rd. at Hillview Rd. near the scene of the homicide.