November 24, 2014

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Murder victim’s family sues woman’s killer, his parents

Melanie Hruby's family members hold signs before the sentencing of Adam Grimes on May 15. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

Melanie Hruby’s family members hold signs before the sentencing of Adam Grimes on May 15. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — The family of a woman who was beaten and choked to death last year has sued the man serving time on a murder charge for the slaying as well as the convicted killer’s parents.

The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, said that Adam Grimes’ parents, Franklin and Donna Grimes, should have known their son was obsessed with the victim, 29-year-old Melanie Hruby, and wrongly considered her his girlfriend.

Adam Grimes

Adam Grimes

The lawsuit stated that the elder Grimeses should have known that Adam Grimes posed a threat to Hruby and taken steps to warn her and control their son’s behavior.

Grimes pleaded guilty earlier this year against the advice of his lawyer in the murder case and was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison.

Police reported that Grimes killed Hruby at his parents’ Eaton Township home Dec. 18, 2012, during an argument. He told investigators that they had been doing drugs together earlier in the day.

Grimes told deputies that he hit Hruby, and when she hit him back, he struck her again, hard enough to knock her out. He then took her upstairs and choked her before fleeing in her van.

He later called a friend and said that he had “hurt or killed his girlfriend.” The friend called 911 and deputies arrested Grimes when he returned to the scene.

Grimes insisted when he pleaded out in the case that he wanted to take responsibility for his actions and that he hadn’t meant to kill Hruby.


  • d c c

    why not sue everyone that knew him, they should have know also

  • Joe Smith

    “The lawsuit stated that the elder Grimeses should have known that Adam Grimes posed a threat to Hruby and taken steps to warn her and control their son’s behavior. ”

    Sorry for your loss but thats just petty., maybe they should have known the daughter was doing drugs and it is dangerous to hang around with druggies and protected her.

    No , I really don’t believe that but its no more petty that the above.

    The only person responsible is the killer

    • Zen Grouch

      I don’t believe the victim’s family is being petty in this case.

      Their loved one was murdered and they feel a little compensation is in order.

      If they just sue the murderer they’ll probably get nothing. However, the murderer’s parents, who own the property where the crime took place, probably have home owner’s insurance, which will most likely settle the suit before it goes to court.

      • Joe Smith

        I don’t believe anybody but the person who commits the crime is responsible for something like this, to each his own i guess.

        • Zen Grouch

          Murder isn’t always black and white and the families of the victims all deal with it differently.

          So, I guess I wasn’t trying to justify their actions or say that I would do the same. I was just defending them from those who think them “petty.”

          • Joe Smith

            Cool beans

  • Rose

    I just love how the newspaper here gets information wrong. This murders mother was in the house when it happened and heard what happened. Funny how this outstanding mother of his was due to go to court to get a restraining order on him, his father was as well. But all the sudden they decided not too. . The victims family is not suing his parents directly they are suing their homeowners insurance again this wonderful newspaper has again gotten wrong. Funny how mentioned in court the toxicology records showed that nothing was in Melanie system at all the date that this occurred, but apparently a junkie saying that she did it when toxicology says there isn’t is more believable. Guess what your floor is wet and you have someone come in your house and you break your leg you can sue their homeowners insurance. His wonderful mother sat there and knew what was happening and decided not to call 911, she did the wrong thing. Guess what homeowners insurance can be sued for what happened in that house from a simple accident to murder. Who is the real victim in all of this? Melanie’s son who was 4 years old at the time when this took place. You think that maybe that the family is suing the home owners insurance for her sons benefit? Just a little food for thought. This “Newspaper” needs to get their facts straight.

    • Adam901

      You Are ~SO RIGHT~ about this newspaper~ they need to do some more research and get their facts straight before just printing whatever they want too~

  • Adam901

    Its a shame, I know Grimes personally he lived just down the road from me, anybody that knew him never saw this coming, but to try to sue his parents is just all crazy as hell~!!! They are old enough to be his Grandparents u would think if u didn’t know it was his parents~