Ex-boyfriend charged with murder of NKY mother and 9-year-old son

A tree was planted by the friends of 9-year-old Aiden Kramer who was shot to death along side his mother Kelli, 31, in their Boone County apartment (FOX19 NOW)
A tree was planted by the friends of 9-year-old Aiden Kramer who was shot to death along side his mother Kelli, 31, in their Boone County apartment (FOX19 NOW)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A Cincinnati man is facing murder charges in connection with the shooting death of a mother and her 9-year-old son in Northern Kentucky, according to the Boone County Sheriff.

Joshua Ward, 48, is charged with two counts of capital murder.

Deputies believe he shot Kelli Kramer and her son, Aiden, in their apartment around March 20, 2018. Both died from multiple gunshot wounds to their heads and torsos.

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He was arrested during a traffic stop in Cincinnati around 9 a.m. Thursday.

According to the sheriff's office, investigation suggests Ward had a relationship with Kelli Kramer that lasted from December 2016 to May 2017. The sheriff's office states, "Ward believed Kramer was responsible for destroying him."

"We're still, our hearts are broken. We're never going to see them again," Kramer's dad, John Kramer said.

When detectives interviewed Ward, they said some things he said raised red flags.

"Probably one of the biggest things that helped us, was that we got a CrimeStoppers tip, that this guy did some target practicing on a farm," Major Tom Scheben said.

Microscopic analysis by ATF agents gave them the break they'd been hoping for. Shell casings found at the farm matched the weapon.

Ward is being held in Hamilton County Detention Center awaiting extradition to Kentucky.

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