Wednesday, October 13, 1999

Woman could face death in cabby's slaying

Prosecutors say she pulled trigger

The Cincinnati Enquirer

Denise Lipscomb
        Denise Lipscomb was indicted on murder charges Tuesday that could, if she is convicted, make her the only woman on Ohio's death row.

        The Winton Place woman faces charges of aggravated murder and aggravated robbery in the shooting death of Silverton cab driver John Arcady last month.

        Although three others also were charged with murder in the case, prosecutors say they sought the death penalty for Ms. Lipscomb because she is the one who fired the shot into Mr. Arcady's head Sept. 27.

        Witnesses told police they heard a shot at 10 p.m. in Winton Terrace and saw three people fleeing the cab.

        When police arrived minutes later, they found the 49-year-old cab driver slumped behind the wheel.

        Prosecutor Mike Allen said the crime began to unfold early that evening when 21-year-old Sion Grahm of Evanston suggested robbing a cab driver and provided a .38-caliber handgun.

        Mr. Allen said Ms. Lipscomb and two others — Lemar Goss, 21, of Madisonville and his 18-year-old sister, Andrea — then went in search of a victim.

        He said they flagged down Mr. Arcady's cab on Montgomery Road and asked for a ride to Winton Terrace.

        After the cab driver pulled over in Winton Terrace, Mr. Allen said, Ms. Lipscomb put a gun to the cab driver's head and pulled the trigger.

        He said the three then fled without any money from the cab.

        He said investigators think Ms. Lipscomb, Mr. Goss and Ms. Goss all attended an employment program called Labor Solutions earlier that day in Kentucky.

        The program found jobs for them, Mr. Allen said, but the three did not accept them because they did not like the boots they would be required to wear.

        “So then they go out and shoot a cab driver,” Mr. Allen said. “It's completely senseless.”


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