Saturday, November 27, 1999

Man, 19, accused in shooting death

Murder charge filed in September slaying

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — Police have charged a Covington man with murder in connection with a September shooting at Jacob Price Homes.

        Covington police arrested Robert Gillespie III, 19, of 201 Byrd St., at 11 a.m. Thursday, said Lt. Col. Bill Dorsey of the Covington Police Department.

        Mr. Gillespie is charged in the Sept. 3 death of William L. Billups, 24, of Cincinnati.

        Mr. Billups was shot and killed only two weeks after moving into an apartment at Jacob Price Homes, a housing project on Greenup Street on the city's east side.

        Family members had urged him to move there because they thought Covington would be safer than Cincinnati.

        Police have said that Mr. Billups was apparently defending his sister, who also lives in the housing project, when he was shot several times in the head.

        Mr. Gillespie was taken to the Kenton County Jail and will be arraigned at 8:30 a.m. Monday.

        Lt. Col. Dorsey said he could not say what evidence led to the arrest because of the continuing investigation.

        Mr. Gillespie's father, Robert Gillespie Jr., 42, was also arrested Thursday for allegedly intimidating a witness in the case.

        He, too, is being held in the Kenton County Jail.


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