Tuesday, February 4, 2003

Ky. molester trial requires 100 jury pool

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COVINGTON - More than 100 Kenton County residents will report to Circuit Judge Douglas Stephens' courtroom today as attorneys try to find 12 impartial jurors to hear the case of child molesting suspect Larry Eugene Howell.

In denying an earlier defense motion to move the trial out of Kenton County, Stephens said he would attempt to seat a jury before talking the drastic step of relocating the trial.

The only other case to be moved and tried outside of Kenton County in recent memory was that of Adele Craven, who is charged in connection with her husband's killing.

Howell is charged with 59 sex-related charges, including sodomy and sex abuse. The charges involve seven boys as young as 10, but police initially said Howell could have as many as 30 victims around the Tristate.

The case gained national publicity after a Jaymie Hutchins of Covington, who said her son was one of Howell's victims, shot him in the groin while he sat in her customized van parked outside the Covington police station. Howell was out on bond at the time after being arrested for possession of child pornography.

Although Hutchins was originally charged with assault, a Kenton County grand jury refused to indict her, effectively dismissing the charge. Hutchins has a license to carry a concealed gun.

E-mail jhannah@enquirer.com

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