Man told police he cut off woman's head, detective testifies in Paris

shopkins@herald-leader.comAugust 13, 2009 

PARIS — A detective testified in Bourbon District Court on Wednesday that a man charged with attempted murder told police he cut off a Cynthiana woman's head, then left her lying on a couch covered with a blanket.

Bass Webb, 30, has not been charged with the death of Bryia Runiewicz, 32, who was found dead July 31 at her home on New Lair Road in Cynthiana. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder after police said he drove to the Bourbon County jail and tried to run over two jail employees.

A preliminary hearing on the two counts of attempted murder was held Wednesday afternoon. District Judge Mary Jane Phelps found probable cause to send the case to a grand jury.

Webb was quiet as he watched Wednesday's court proceedings through a net over his face. He had to wear the mask over his mouth because he spit on District Judge Vanessa Dickson during his arraignment last week. Dickson recused herself from the case before the spitting incident.

Paris police Detective James Primm read statements in court from law enforcement officials who said Webb bragged about killing a woman in Cynthiana after he was arrested following a car chase from the Bourbon County jail.

Webb stopped the car he was driving when it caught fire, police said.

Webb also told officials about Runiewicz's children in the house, telling them to "get the kids out before they wake up and find their mother dead," Primm said.

Shawntaye Hopkins covers Central Kentucky for the Herald-Leader. Reach her in the Georgetown bureau at (502) 867-1354.

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