Friday, April 09, 1999

Kehoe's mom says she Chevie was on robbery run run




The Associated Press

        LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — The mother of a man accused of plotting to set up a new government says she knew her son was heading to Arkansas to rob a gun dealer who had threatened her husband, but found out too late to help him.

        Federal prosecutors say the gun dealer, his wife and her 8-year-old daughter were killed in the January 1996 attack. Gloria Kehoe's son Chevie, 26, of Colville, Wash., and another man are accused of murder in their deaths.

        Mrs. Kehoe said her husband, Kirby, told her that their son and Danny Lee, 26, of Yukon, Okla., were going to Arkansas to rob Bill Mueller — but told her 24 hours after the two men left the Kehoes' Arizona home.

        The Kehoes and the Mueller family had been friends, but their relationship soured after Mr. Mueller figured out that Kirby Kehoe had burglarized their home in 1995, Mrs. Kehoe testified Wednesday.

        Chevie Kehoe wanted his father to go with them, but Kirby didn't want to go if someone from outside the family — Mr. Lee — was involved, Mrs. Kehoe said.

        Kirby Kehoe is expected to testify next week, as is Chevie's brother Cheyne.

        On Feb. 15, 1997, Chevie and Cheyne Kehoe became notorious outlaws after a shootout with police near Wilmington, Ohio. The gunplay was caught on videotape and broadcast around the nation. No officers were hurt, but a passerby was wounded.

        The brothers were indicted by an Ohio grand jury, and a nationwide manhunt began. Four months later, Cheyne Kehoe turned himself in and told police where to find his brother in Utah.

        Chevie Kehoe and Mr. Lee are accused of racketeering, conspiracy and murder. Prosecutors say the pair wanted to set up a whites-only nation in the Pacific Northwest and that they engaged in various crimes to promote their cause. They could get the death penalty if convicted.

        The government told U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Eisele on Thursday — the last day of court for this week — that they expect to conclude their case Tuesday or Wednesday. Judge Eisele said Messrs. Kehoe and Lee could begin their case April 20.

       



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