July 22, 2014

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Jury indicts man on murder charge

ELYRIA — An Eaton Township man accused of beating and strangling Melanie Hruby late last year has been indicted on murder and felonious assault charges.

Adam Grimes, 25, is accused of killing 29-year-old Hruby during an argument at his home Dec. 18.

Grimes’ attorney, Kenneth Lieux, who argued during an earlier hearing that Hruby may have died of a drug overdose, said Thursday he wasn’t surprised by the charges against his client given the low standard of evidence a grand jury needs to hand down an indictment.

He said he hasn’t seen the toxicology report in the case. Lorain County Coroner Stephen Evans said he could not release the toxicology results because of the ongoing investigation, but drugs did not cause Hruby’s death.

Lieux has argued that so far investigators have only been able to prove Grimes and Hruby were involved in a physical altercation.

County sheriff’s deputies were sent to Grimes’ Avon Belden Road home Dec. 18 after he called a friend and told her that he had “hurt or killed his girlfriend.” The friend then called 911 to report the phone call.

When deputies arrived, they found Grimes outside and he surrendered. They found Hruby’s body in an upstairs bedroom.

During a preliminary hearing in Elyria Municipal Court, sheriff’s Sgt. Donald McCurry testified that Grimes became upset when he learned that Hruby was dead.

Grimes told investigators that he and Hruby were using crack cocaine and heroin earlier in the day and began arguing about her wanting to leave. He told deputies that he struck Hruby, and she hit him back.

Grimes said he hit Hruby again, knocking her unconscious and later carried her upstairs before choking her.

He then left the house in Hruby’s van but later returned.

Although Grimes and Lieux have said there was a relationship between Hruby and Grimes, her family has denied that the pair was involved. Hruby’s relatives have portrayed Grimes as a stalker and have said Hruby was in the process of cleaning her life up.

Grimes will be arraigned next week. He remains in the Lorain County Jail.

Contact Brad Dicken at 329-7147 or bdicken@chroniclet.com.