Saturday, March 23, 2002

Owners get house back

Lawyers to view crime scene first

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BROOKSVILLE — A Bracken County judge Friday ordered prosecutors to release control of a farmhouse where police believe two 1998 Dixie Heights High Schools graduates were killed.

        Attorneys for the four defendants in the case — Russell W. Malapelli, Dawn Renee Duffy, Ronald Leslie Kirk and Douglas E. Baker Jr. — will get a chance to view the crime scene before the house is returned. The judge ordered control of the home to be returned to its owner, the family of one of the victims, within two weeks.

        Ms. Duffy is the only defendant not charged with murder. She faces four counts of tampering with physical evidence. All the defendants remained in the Mason County Detention Center Friday afternoon.

        The bodies of Ryan Eric Matchison, 22, of Florence, and Adam C. Harvey, 20, of Elsmere were found Dec. 17 near a boat ramp off Ky. 8 in rural Bracken County. Both had been shot and their bodies were wrapped in sleeping bags and a tarpaulin.

        State Police detectives have testified there is not a clear motive for the killings, which took place at the farmhouse, owned by the Harvey family, about 15 miles from where the bodies were found.

        The next court appearence is April 11 in Brooksville.


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