Monday, February 04, 2002

Trial begins today for man charged with three slayings

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        On June 5, Stanley Fitzpatrick was suspended from his job at the Formica Corp. plant in Evendale.

        Two days later, authorities say, after little sleep and repeatedly smoking crack, the 34-year-old Lincoln Heights man killed Doreatha Hayes — the woman whose house he sometimes lived in — and her 12-year-old daughter, Shenay.

        For two days more, authorities allege, he lived with the bodies inside their home at 867 Chicago Ave.

        Then on the night of June 9, police say he lured a neighbor, 64-year-old Elton “Arybie” Rose, to the home telling him Ms. Hayes needed help.

        Mr. Rose's beaten body was found inside the house later that night.

        Nearly eight months later, jury selection begins today in the capital murder trial of Mr. Fitzpatrick, who faces seven felony counts, including three charges of aggravated murder, for the deaths of Ms. Hayes, her daughter and Mr. Rose.

        Prosecutors say he attempted to entice Mr. Rose's wife, Betty, into the house by telling her her husband wanted to see her. And, authorities say, he tried to kill Lincoln Heights Police Sgt. DeAngelo Sumler when the officer responded to a hang-up 911 call from the home.

        Officials think Mr. Rose dialed 911 but was too injured to say anything when a dispatcher answered.

        Sgt. Sumler followed Mr. Fitzpatrick into the house, but fled when Mr. Fitzpatrick began shooting at him, police say.

        The officer was not injured.

        Mr. Fitzpatrick also is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery, accused of stealing Sgt. Sumler's patrol cruiser and for taking the car of another Lincoln Heights resident.

        He faces one count of aggravated burglary for allegedly breaking into a Lincoln Heights home in his attempts to elude police.

        Prosecutors say the bodies of Ms. Hayes and her daughter, Shenay, were badly beaten and mutilated. They contend Mr. Fitzpatrick used a knife, a poker and an ax.

        Mr. Rose, a former Lincoln Heights safety director and a onetime amateur boxer who belonged to the same Golden Gloves team as Muhammad Ali, was pistol-whipped and beaten to death.

        The trial could last at least a week.


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