Thursday, March 29, 2001

Separate trials sought; 3 charged in pilot's slaying

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Two people facing the death penalty in the slaying of a Delta Air Lines pilot killed in the name of love, police say, but the pair do not want to stand trial together.

        In separate filings in Kenton Circuit Court, Adele Craven and Russell McIntire say they should not be tried together.

        Evidence that would be used against one should not be introduced against the other because it would be “so overwhelmingly prejudicial,” wrote Mrs. Craven's attorney, Deanna Dennison in Covington.

        The prosecution has indicated it has confessions from both of Mr. McIntire's co-defendants, wrote Mr. McIntire's attorney, Jon Alig of Covington.

        He said if those statements were admitted into evidence without the co-defendants testifying, Mr. McIntire would be denied his right to confront and cross-exam ine those co-defendants as witnesses.

        Ms. Dennison and Mr. Alig said using such evidence in a joint trial violates one or more of their clients' constitutional rights.

        Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe has already scheduled a joint trial to begin on Oct. 17. The trial is expected to take four weeks. There is a hearing on Monday to determine whether the trials should be separated.

        Mrs. Craven of Edgewood, Mr. McIntire of Erlanger and a third person, Ronald Pryor of Independence are charged with murder in the death of Steve Craven.

        Mr. Craven, a 32-year-old Delta pilot, was killed last July 12 in his Edgewood home.

        Police say Mrs. Craven wanted her husband dead so she could continue an affair with Mr. McIntire, a baggage handler at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Mr. McIntire then contacted Mr. Pryor and asked him to kill Mr. Craven for $15,000, police said.


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