Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Jury selection begins in pilot-murder case



LEXINGTON - Jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of an Edgewood woman accused of paying another man to kill her husband, a Delta Air Lines pilot.

Adele Craven is charged with murder in the death of 38-year-old Stephen Craven. She faces the death penalty if convicted.

Opening arguments are expected to take place Thursday or Friday. Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe granted a change of venue because of the pre-trial publicity in the case.

Police said Mrs. Craven and her then-boyfriend, Russell "Rusty" McIntire, hired Ronald to kill her husband. Mr. Craven, a father of two, was shot three times and beaten with a crowbar in the basement of his Edgewood home July 12, 2000, police said.

Mr. McIntire pleaded guilty to murder and agreed to testify against Mr. Pryor to avoid the death penalty. Mr. Pryor was convicted, and the jury recommended the death penalty. Neither man has yet to be sentenced.



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