Sunday, October 08, 2000

Bond set for man held in shooting death of brother

By Lew Moores
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Bond was set at $500,000 for the man who came to the Cincinnati area Thursday night and allegedly shot and killed his brother over a dispute about a stolen piece of heavy equipment.

        Hamilton County Municipal Judge Dennis Helmick set the bond Saturday morning during an arraignment for Matthew Gray, 46, of Dublin, Ohio, a suburb of Columbus. Mr. Gray was charged with murder by Forest Park police.

        Mr. Gray, who has been held in jail since surrendering to police Thursday night, entered the courtroom at the Justice Center downtown sobbing audibly, his head down. He did not say anything during his brief appearence.

        Without entering a plea, his case was continued until 9 a.m. Wednesday.

        Mr. Gray was charged in the shooting death of his brother, Daniel Lee Gray, 55, of the 11000 block of Hamlet Road in Forest Park.

        Police were called to the residence at 10:27 p.m. Thursday to investigate a shooting. The two brothers apparently had argued over a crane that had been parked and stolen from in front of their father's home in Avondale.

        Wanda Gray-Shaw, their sister, said Matthew Gray had left the crane in Cincinnati when he moved to Dublin. He is in construction work, she said.

        Matthew Gray surrendered to police at 10:50 p.m. His brother had been shot several times, according to police.

        Matthew Gray faces a life sentence if convicted of murder. Judge Helmick said Mr. Gray was entitled to have a bond set because it was not a capital offense.


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