Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Prosecutors: Sibling rivalry led to slaying

Guardianship of dad blamed

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Adrian Evans had just placed two fingers to her forehead to show a Hamilton County jury where the barrel of a .38-caliber handgun had touched her, when Matthew Gray yelled.

        “Why are you lying?” the 47-year-old Dublin man screamed. Dressed in a gray suit, and acting as his own co-defense counsel, Mr. Gray slammed his hands on the table before him. “She's lying! She's lying! She's lying!”

        On trial accused of shooting to death his older brother, Daniel, Mr. Gray immediately was handcuffed by Hamilton County sheriff's deputies and escorted from Common Pleas Judge Steve Martin's courtroom.

        “I don't want him in here,” Assistant Prosecutor Rick Gibson told Judge Martin.

        The outburst culminated an emotional morning of testimony Tuesday as prosecution witnesses painted a picture of a jealous younger brother who focused much of his resentment on his sibling.

        Mr. Gray is charged with aggravated murder in the death of Daniel Gray on Oct. 5, 2000. He also faces a kidnapping charge involving Ms. Evans, Daniel Gray's girlfriend.

        Prosecutors contend the younger Mr. Gray went to his elder brother's Forest Park home with a handgun to kill him because he was upset about not being named guardian of their elderly father.

        Once inside the home, they say, Matthew Gray shot his brother multiple times and threatened to kill Ms. Evans, who was at the house when the younger Mr. Gray arrived.

        A sister, Loretta Gray, testified Tuesday she served as co-guardian with her elder brother Daniel. The appointment was made by a Probate Court judge and their appointment, she said, had caused a rift among the six Gray siblings.

        She said she and Daniel Gray had become pitted against the others because the others were displeased they had not been named guardians.


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