Tuesday, April 25, 2000

Trial begins in fatal shooting

Newport teen accused in athlete's death

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — A Newport teen will go on trial today for shooting and killing Anthony “Petey” Greene, a Newport High School basketball player who seemed destined to play at the college level.

        Michael McIntosh, 18, of West Eighth Street, could face life in prison if he is convicted of murder and another charge of attempting to commit murder.

        The charges stem from the street argument that erupted into gunfire on July 21, when Mr. Greene, who was not part of the argument, was shot, apparently while trying to protect a friend.

        “This is an offense that has eyewitnesses,” said Jack Porter, assistant commonwealth attorney of Campbell County. The Greene family wants “severe punishment, ... whether that be life or a specific number of years.”

        The McIntosh trial could last up to three days in Campbell Circuit Court. Jury selection begins this morning.

        Mr. Porter plans to call eight witnesses, including Newport Police Cpl. Tom Murphy, who was the first officer to arrive at the scene of the street fight, and Gabe Krull, who was the friend and classmate that Mr. Greene, 18, was trying to protect before he died.

        If Mr. McIntosh is sentenced to any time in prison, he automatically will serve 85 percent of the sentence under Kentucky's violent offender law, Mr. Porter said.

        The deadly July confrontation erupted at night in the 900 block of Isabella Street.

        According to Newport police, Mr. McIntosh pulled a .380-caliber handgun from his waistband, waved it in the air and fired at Mr. Krull.

        Mr. Greene grabbed Mr. McIntosh's arm and asked him to stop. Mr. Greene responded by fatally shooting Mr. Greene in the chest, police said.

        Mr. Greene had just graduated from Newport High School, where he was the basketball team's most valuable player as a senior and his coach called him “the heart and soul of the team.” He had been planning to play basketball at Northern Kentucky University or Cincinnati State.

        “He was the last person we thought this would happen to. We thought he'd make it out of Newport,” said a close friend, Donald Smith.


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