Thursday, September 28, 2000

Prosecutors describe slaying scene

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Death came so abruptly to John Arcady the night of Sept. 27, 1999, that when police found his body, seated upright in the driver's seat of Towne Cab No. 313, his foot still applied pressure to the brake, the motor was still running and the car was still engaged in drive.

        Even the toothpick the 49-year-old musician had tucked into the corner of his mouth earlier in the night was still nestled in its place, while the gun he kept for protection sat in its cloth holster beneath his seat, untouched.

        This is the picture Hamilton County assistant prosecutors painted Wednesday during opening statements in the capital murder trial of Denise Lipscomb, 26, accused of killing Mr. Arcady.

        But defense attorneys told jurors that while their client intended to rob the cab driver, she did not intend to kill him.

        “The gun was meant to scare, and its purpose was to facilitate a robbery,” said defense attorney Perry Ancona.

        Several minutes after the shooting, police found Mr. Arcady inside his cab in the 4800 block of Winneste Avenue in Winton Terrace.

        He had been shot once in the back of the head and died at the scene.

        Witnesses told police they saw two women and a man running from the area after the shot was heard.

        If convicted, Ms. Lipscomb could be sentenced to death. The trial resumes at 9:30 a.m. today.


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