Friday, August 25, 2000

Boots may be evidence

T-shirt also being tested in Craven case

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Investigators working the case of a murdered Delta pilot don't know if boots and a T-shirt they found in a dump are indeed bloody ones.

        They took the items Thursday to a Kentucky State Police crime lab, and are waiting to hear if a technician can say if the substance on the boots is blood. Those tests might not be finished for several days.

        They found the boots and shirt in a Williamstown, Ky., landfill, where detectives for two weeks have been digging for evidence in the July killing of Stephen Craven. The boots look similar to ones detectives think were worn by one of two men accused in the crime, said Kenton County Police Capt. Ed Butler.

        “We have to find out first if it is blood,” he said. “Then we have to find out if it's human blood. When something's been in a landfill, you don't know.”

        He said he wasn't sure how much longer detectives would continue to pick through the garbage.

        Investigators started digging last week after determining that a crowbar and gun were dumpedin some garbage after the killing in Edgewood. That trash was taken to the dump.

        Searchers think they're in the right area of the landfill because newspapers found in the same spot bear dates around July 12, the day Mr. Craven was found dead in the basement of his home in Edgewood.

        Mr. Craven was clubbed four times in the head with a crowbar, investigators have said, and then shot three times. His wife, Adele, initially claimed she thought he had been killed by a burglar. She, Rusty McIntire and Ronald Pryor all stand charged with murder.

        Police say she helped plan the killing and coldly presided over it, including ordering Mr. Pryor to shoot her husband after he still appeared alive after the crowbar whacks.

        Authorities say Mrs. Craven and Mr. McIntire were lovers.

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