Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Craven retrial pushed back to '04



By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

COVINGTON - The retrial of Adele Craven for the slaying of her husband has been pushed back to Jan. 12 - 42 months after the killing.

Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe called the revised date "tentative," and said she hasn't decided where to hold the retrial.

Summe wanted to hold the retrial in July before pushing it back to October. She then conceded on Monday that the case would likely not go to trial until after the New Year.

The first trial was in Lexington because of pretrial publicity in Greater Cincinnati, but the retrial may be moved to Louisville after Lexington officials said they may not have an unoccupied courtroom to host the retrial.

A retrial was prompted after Craven's first trial in December resulted in a hung jury with eight of 12 jurors voting to acquit.

Craven, 39, of Edgewood, is charged with complicity to murder, accused of conspiring with her lover to hire a hit man to kill her husband.

Stephen Craven, 38, was home on vacation from his job as a pilot with Delta Air Lines in July 2000 when he was found beaten and shot to death.

E-mail jhannah@enquirer.com




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