Wednesday, August 08, 2001

Oakley man pleads not guilty to killing friend

By Michael D. Clark
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        A 60-year-old Oakley man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges that he fatally shot an acquaintance Monday evening.

        Wayne Thomas Hixson, of the 3500 block of Harrow Avenue, was arraigned in Hamilton County Municipal Court and ordered held on $75,000 bond. His case is scheduled to go to a grand jury Aug. 16.

        Cincinnati police said 35-year-old David A. Coster was shot several times about 6:30 p.m. Monday in the living room of Mr. Hixson's home. Mr. Coster's last known address was the 5000 block of Dunning Place, Madisonville.

        Mr. Coster was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at University Hospital, a nursing supervisor said. Mr. Hixson was arrested in the front yard of his home.

        Police responded to Mr. Hixson's home, near Camberwell Road, after neighbors reported hearing shots.

        Both men have criminal records, according to court records.

        In December, Mr. Hixson was charged with firing a 12-gauge shotgun into the hood of his car after arguing with his girlfriend. He pleaded no contest to discharging a firearm and paid a $200 fine.

        In 1994, Mr. Coster pleaded guilty to aggravated drug trafficking and served 16 months in prison.

        Neighbors described Mr. Hixson as “a nice guy.”

        “He's been here for 10 to 15 years,” neighbor Nancy Parks said.

        The 86-year-old Mrs. Parks said her neighbor, who is divorced and retired, lived alone in the single-family home.

        She said her neighbor, who cut her grass and ran errands for her, “was one of the best.”


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