Three people are facing charges in connection to the January murder of a Carmel man.
Police found Francis Kelley, 46, of Carmel, dead Jan. 18 in his home in the 14000 block of Howe Drive. Officers were called to his home for a welfare check after he had not been heard from for several days. His death was later ruled a homicide.
A forensic pathologist determined Kelley’s cause of death was asphyxia due to strangulation after an autopsy was conducted on Jan. 20. A toxicology test also showed that Kelley had fentanyl in his system at the time of his death.
The Carmel Police Department on Thursday announced the arrests of three people in connection to Kelley’s death. Heidi Littlefield, 41, of Sheridan, and her daughter, Logan Runyon, 22, of Englewood, Ohio, both face charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Runyon’s boyfriend, Robert Walker, 29, also of Englewood, Ohio, faces two counts of conspiracy to commit murder.
According to court documents released to News 8, police were notified of recorded conversations of Littlefield saying she wanted Kelley dead and she was making plans on “overdosing” him and planting drugs on him.
Investigators learned that Littlefield had given Walker $2,500 in October 2020 to “take care of her problem.” According to court documents, Walker was asked to use the money to hire someone to kill Kelley. He was promised another $2,500 once Kelley was killed, court documents say.
Court documents say Walker took the money but didn’t use it to hire anyone to kill Kelley.
Littlefield is Kelley’s ex-girlfriend and they have a child together. Court documents say the two were scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 27 due to Kelley’s allegation that Littlefield was violating a custody order.
According to court documents, Kelley accused Littlefield on Jan. 15 of putting something in his oatmeal while she was at his home the day before. He texted her saying he saw her in his fridge and the oatmeal “tasted funny” and he felt “light headed” after eating it.
Kelley was found dead at his home three days later.