Sunday, July 30, 2000

Two men charged in murder


Police remain tight-lipped on details of pilot's slaying

By Jeff Carlton
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON —Two more people have been charged with the murder of the Delta Air Lines pilot found shot to death in his Edgewood home July 12.

        Rusty McIntire of Erlanger, who police said had a relationship with the pilot's wife, was arrested late Friday.

        Police also arrested Ronald S. Pryor at his Independence home early Saturday morning.

        Adele Craven, the pilot's wife, was arrested July 21 and charged with his murder. All three are being held in the Kenton County Jail.

        “One of those three pulled the trigger,” said Capt. Ed Butler of the Kenton County police. Capt. Butler declined to say who police think is the shooter.

        Under Kentucky law, accomplices to a murder are considered as responsible as the person who commits the act and can face equal charges.

        Police records say Mr. McIntire, 32, and Mrs. Craven, 37, were the last two people in the house with Stephen Craven on the day he was killed.

        Mr. Craven died of gunshot wounds to the head.

        Mr. Pryor, 33, washed cars at Kidd Chrysler, an automobile dealership in Lawrenceburg, Ind., for about the last month. His employer described him as “a real nice guy.”

        “I was wondering why he didn't show up (Saturday),” said Bob Bryant, an assistant sales manager at the dealership. “That's very unusual for him. He was a good worker, probably the best lot technician we've had in five years.”

        Bob Everage, a salesman at the dealership, said, “I would never have suspected him of something like this. He doesn't seem like the type.”

        Police had said they were interested in talking to Mr. McIntire when he returned from his vaca tion, but had not mentioned Mr. Pryor in connection with the slaying until his arrest.

        Capt. Butler declined to say what led police to arrest Mr. Pryor, but a news release from Kenton County Police said that details would be presented early this week.

        Commonwealth Attorney Don Buring, the prosecutor in the case, and the defense team representing Mrs. Craven couldn't be reached for comment.

        Arraignment times for Mr. McIntire and Mr. Pryor have not been announced.

        Police records say Mr. McIntire, a baggage handler for Delta, was having an extramarital affair with Mrs. Craven.

        An Edgewood policeman found Mrs. Craven and Mr. McIntire in a “compromising situation” in a church parking lot June 1.

        In sworn statements, a man who knew the Cravens and a woman who lived on the same street said they heard Mrs. Craven speak about a hit man.

        Mrs. Craven told another neighbor on July 7, “If anything ever happens to Steve, don't ask me about it because I don't want to have to lie to you.”

        Police records also say Mrs. Craven told a neighbor that “she wished her husband's airplane would crash and that her husband was worth $500,000 dead.”

        Mrs. Craven told police she went shopping July 12 and saw her front door open when she returned around 8:30 p.m.

        She went to a neighbor's and called the police, thinking her home on Carimel Ridge had been burglarized.

        The neighbor searched the house before police came and found Mr. Craven shot to death.

        Police found no signs of forced entry and determined that no valuables had been taken.

        Police records say the burglary “appeared to be staged” and that “there was no general ransacking of the residence.”

       



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