Sunday, July 23, 2000

Wife remains jailed

Still few details in pilot's slaying

By Jeff Carlton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        EDGEWOOD — A day after the wife of the Delta Air Lines pilot was charged with his death, those closest to the case declined to discuss its details.

        Adele Craven, 37, was arrested Friday on charges of murdering her husband, Stephen Craven, who was found dead Aug. 12 with multiple gunshot wounds to his head.

        The investigation is continuing, Commonwealth Attorney Don Buring said, in a Saturday telephone interview. Mrs. Craven will remain in Kenton County Jail until a Monday morning arraignment, when bail may be set.

        Under Kentucky law, an accomplice to a crime is subject to the same charges as the person who commits the offense, Mr. Buring said. He would not say if police considered Mrs. Craven an accomplice or the person who actually pulled the trigger and declined to discuss anything specific about the case.

        “At this point in time, let's just say she's been charged with murder,” he said.

        Arraignment is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Kenton County Justice Center. Mrs. Craven, however, will not actually leave the Kenton County Jail. She will participate in her arraignment via closed-circuit television, Mr. Buring said.

        Her attorney, Deanna Dennison, could not be reached for comment.

        A pastor at Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Florence, which the Cravens attended, declined to comment Saturday.

        Delta employees at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport also declined to comment on the case.

        Mr. Craven was found shot to death in his Edgewood home by a neighbor on Aug. 12. Mrs. Craven told police she returned with her two children from a day of shopping at about 8:30 p.m. She saw her front door was open and went to a neighbor's because she thought her home was being burglarized, she told police.

        Members of the Cravens' church rallied to support Mrs. Craven in the days after the murder.

        The Cravens' two sons, ages 6 and 8, are staying with area relatives, a neighbor said.

        “'It's a shock. None of us could believe it,” said Julie Boyce, 18, who lives two doors down from the family's Carimel Ridge home. “I never would have expected anything like this from a family like the Cravens.”


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