Wednesday, May 30, 2001

Murder suspect called volatile

He was out on bond at time of slaying

By David Eck
Enquirer Contributor

        WILLIAMSBURG — Danny McCord's older brother said his brother's temper is volatile, but he didn't think it would cause him to kill someone.

        “I knew he had a temper, and I just didn't think anything like this would ever occur,” Larry McCord said. “I'm just real sad for that little lady and her family.”

        Danny McCord, 51, is charged with murder, driving under the influence and fleeing and eluding after his wife, Leona McCord, also 51, was found stabbed Sunday at 556 Main St. in Williamsburg.

        Larry McCord said Danny would frequently relocate throughout the country because he didn't get along with people.

        “He's not a friendly fellow. If he wasn't related I probably wouldn't have even talked to him,” Larry McCord said.

        Danny McCord had been free on bond on two counts of domestic violence when he allegedly stabbed his wife to death.

        He remains in the Clermont County Jail in lieu of a $2 million cash bond.

        The incident unfolded about 5:39 p.m. Sunday.

        “Our officer received a call. He found a female victim on the floor,” Williamsburg Police Chief James Fritz said.

        “The (victim's) son indicated who did it. A broadcast was put out for that person,” he said.

        Police recovered two kitchen knives from the home, the chief said.

        Mr. McCord was out on bond on two pending charges, domestic violence and violating a temporary protection order, in connection with alleged violence against Mrs. McCord, the chief said.

        Those charges were filed in March and April of this year, Clermont County court records show.

        Williamsburg police had no record of other domestic violence charges against Mr. McCord.

        Mrs. McCord was still alive when police and EMS personnel arrived, but died at the scene, the chief said.

        Mr. McCord was later spotted in a vehicle by Bethel Police who gave chase. Clermont County Sheriff's deputies stopped the vehicle at Ohio 133 and Twin Bridges Road south of Williamsburg and arrested Mr. McCord about two hours after the attack.

        “I am pleased that we were able to apprehend the person,” Chief Fritz said. “If you could call any part of it good, that was good.”


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