Thursday, December 21, 2000

Hamilton man guilty of murder




By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A Butler County jury convicted Lewis Patterson Wednesday of murder in the July 9 shooting death of a Hamilton man.

        The Common Pleas jury of 11 women and one man reached its verdict after deliberating for 12 hours over two days.

        Mr. Patterson could receive 15 years to life in prison for the murder conviction and will receive an added three years for committing a crime with a gun. Judge Keith Spaeth will sentence him Jan. 18.

        Mr. Patterson, 26, of Hamilton, shot Donald Downard, 34, during a drug deal July 9 on Beckett Street in Hamilton.

        Assistant Prosecutor Pat Moeller said during his closing argument Tuesday that Mr. Patterson shot Mr. Downard twice in the head because he was afraid Mr. Downard was going to leave in his pickup without paying for his crack cocaine.

        “This was pay or die, and Donald died,” Mr. Moeller said. “He was shot in the head like a dog in the street.”

        The case went to the jury late Tuesday afternoon.

        Two witnesses testified during the six-day trial that they saw Mr. Patterson fire his handgun at Mr. Downard. Another prosecution witness, a Butler County Jail inmate, said he overheard Mr. Patterson bragging in jail about the shooting.

        Defense attorney Drew Engel told the jury in his closing argument that the witnesses were unreliable.

       



Stressful week for college hopefuls
Travel outlook: Expect delays
Reds park contracts OK'd
Shelters seek help to help
Children's agencies criticized
PULFER: Mall satellite
Choose the year's top stories
Wehrung's lawyers want prosecutors punished
Burglary victim, 82, devastated by loss of jewelry, family heirlooms
Burst pipe damages Ky. library
Bush could help Boehner gain support
Christmas survives lawyer's challenge
City, closed landfill agree to settlement
City manager generates debate
Coffee pot starts fire at Columbus school
Council members add spending to city budget
County budget defers Olympic vote
- Hamilton man guilty of murder
Officials urge vigilance after three house fires
Piper sworn in as prosecutor of Butler County
School options include statewide property tax
Stolen gifts replaced - tenfold
Time takes toll on capsule
Two stores accused of obscenity
Voinovich may lead panel on clean air
Tristate A.M. Report