Thursday, August 14, 2003

Union Twp. man's family can't comprehend slaying

By Marie McCain
The Cincinnati Enquirer

UNION TWP. - Family members of a 40-year-old father of six who was shot and killed this month on the grounds of a private fishing club are struggling to understand why he died.

"It's so hard to accept," said Judy Gregory, 44, of Kenwood. "Everyone is going to miss him. Not just his family - everyone."

Larry Colwell, her brother, was shot once in the head Aug. 2 as he stood at a campsite on the grounds of the Hamilton County Anglers Club on Tealtown Road.

Witnesses told police the club's secretary, Mark Albert, 42, approached Colwell from behind and fired one shot into the back of the his head.

Albert, according to official records, threw the gun into a lake on the club's property. He was arrested a short time later.

An initial search of the lake for the gun was unsuccessful. On Wednesday, divers with the Hamilton County sheriff's dive team searched again, but still were unable to locate the weapon.

Albert, who has lived in Miami and Anderson townships and now has a Loveland address, told police he blamed Colwell for the breakup of his marriage four years earlier. He was indicted last week on a charge of aggravated murder and his bond was increased from $1 million to $2 million. He is being held in the Clermont County Jail.

Gregory declined to discuss specifics of her brother's experiences with Albert.


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