Ohio man found dead in Tenn. was stabbed, beaten

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Posted: Mar 04, 2011 3:20 PM
Ohio man found dead in Tenn. was stabbed, beaten

Authorities say an Ohio man whose body was found in Tennessee 10 days after he and his wife disappeared was likely killed by a stab wound to the chest and head trauma.

The Hamilton County, Tenn., medical examiner's office has ruled the death of 84-year-old Richard Russell of Bellefontaine a homicide.

Russell's body was found in Chattanooga, Tenn., on Feb. 26. His wife, 85-year-old Gladis, remains missing.

A man wanted for questioning in the couple's disappearance, Samuel K. Littleton II, was arrested last week in Princeton, W.Va., where police found the Russells' car in a Walmart parking lot. He has not been charged in their disappearance.

The 37-year-old Littleton is also accused of killing his girlfriend's 26-year-old daughter, whose body was found in a Bellefontaine home he bought from the Russells in 2009.