Mom enlisted daughter and daughter’s boyfriend to ‘help kill her ex with fentanyl-laced oatmeal’ following a custody battle for their two-year-old daughter
Heidi Marie Littlefield made two earlier failed attempts including paying for a ‘contract hit’ on Francis Kelley
Heidi Marie Littlefield, 41, faces murder and conspiracy to commit murder charges
Her daughter Logan Marie Runyon, 22 , is also charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder
Runyon’s boyfriend, Robert James Walker, 29, is charged with conspiracy to commit murder
Runyon’s boyfriend, Robert James Walker, was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder
The trio are accused of killing Francis Kelley in January
Kelley, 46, was found dead on a couch inside his Carmel home, just outside Indianapolis, two months ago
An autopsy later found Kelley had been strangled to death, had suffered blunt force trauma to his head and had traces of fentanyl in his system
Littlefield and her daughter are accused of eventually killing Kelley after lacing his oatmeal with fentanyl and strangling him with his favorite tie
Walker confessed that Littlefield once paid him $2,500 to hire someone to carry out the murder and that she had previously tried to kill him twice before
A mother authorities said, knocked out her ex by lacing his oatmeal with Fentanyl, then enlisted the aid of her daughter and the boyfriend to strangle the victim in a rage fueled murder plot.
Heidi Marie Littlefield, 41, her daughter, Logan Marie Runyon, 22, and Runyon’s 29-year-old boyfriend, Robert James Walker, were arrested last week in the January murder of Francis Kelley.
The Indiana woman allegedly enlisted her daughter and her daughter’s boyfriend to help her murder her ex with fentanyl-laced oatmeal and strangle him with his favorite tie following a custody dispute.
Kelly, 46, was found dead on a couch inside his Carmel home, just outside Indianapolis, two months ago.
An autopsy later found Kelley had been strangled to death, had suffered blunt force trauma to his head and had traces of fentanyl in his system, the Indy Star reports.
Kelley’s body was discovered in his home after another ex-girlfriend told police she had not heard from him; he was supposed to pick up their 9-year-old daughter for his birthday Jan. 17. An investigation was launched after his death was ruled a homicide.
Court records sate that Littlesfield had long been planning the murder – Police say the investigation uncovered a series of allegations, including that Littlefield once paid her daughter’s boyfriend $2,500 to hire someone to carry out the murder and she twice previously had tried to to kill Francis Kelly.
Littlefield and her daughter are accused of eventually killing Kelley and are charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
Walker, who was charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit murder, told police that Littlefield had given him $2,500 last year to kill Kelley but he ended up using it to buy drugs.
Authorities have alleged that Littlefield had been planning the murder for sometime following a custody dispute over their two-year-old child.
Investigators say Littlefield had previously tried to kill Kelley last year by sneaking into his house and lacing his soup with fentanyl. A text message exchange between Littlefield and the victim in January this year showed that she was inside his home the days before he died.
Littlefield was identified as a suspect in the case after her relative told investigators she had made “past statements saying she wanted [Kelley] dead”.
Accusing Kelley of domestic abusive she allegedly claimed that “she would be failing her daughter if the dude didn’t end up dead”.
The family member quotes Littlefield saying “He’s better off dead,” after Kelley’s body was discovered.
“I didn’t mean to kill him last time. I might as well say I did it and just say I’m crazy and pregnant,” she reportedly said.
Police allege that video recordings of conversations the suspect and another an ex-boyfriend capture her talking about “planning to plant drugs on Fran and how she wants Fran dead,” police say.
Walker, who was arrested Tuesday in Ohio, admitted to detectives Littlefield “paid him $2,500 to hire someone to kill Fran.”
I “took the money but spent it on drugs and had no intention of doing what Heidi asked,” He said.
That was the “third attempt by Heidi to kill Fran” Walker said. Littlefield in October had snuck into ex’s home with their daughter and put fentanyl in Kelley’s miso soup.
Logan Runyon stayed in the car during that attempt, Walker said, and Littlefield had later returned to the group’s hotel and stated: “It’s done.”
Walker claims In January Runyon told him she snuck into Kelley’s house with her mother, after he had eaten the fentanyl-laced oatmeal to finish the killing, adding that: “Heidi tried to get Logan to ‘snap his neck,’ but Logan couldn’t do it, so Heidi then tied ‘his favorite’ tie around his neck and began smashing his head into the ground,” the affidavit says.
Mother and daughter had a troubled relationship. Littlefiield, court records indicate, planned to set up Runyon to take the fall for the killing.
An initial hearing in the case is scheduled for Friday.