Wednesday, April 26, 2000
Trial in 'Petey' slaying opens
Newport HS star was shot
By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer
NEWPORT There were no bruises on his hands, scrapes on his arms or skin under his fingernails when a coroner examined the body of Anthony Petey Greene, the Newport High School basketball star fatally shot last July, said Richard Slukich, assistant commonwealth attorney for Campbell County.
Without that physical evidence, Michael McIntosh, 18, of West Eighth Street, will have a difficult time proving he shot Mr. Greene in self-defense, said Mr. Slukich, speaking Tuesday in Campbell Circuit Court.
Mr. McIntosh faces life in prison if convicted of murder and another charge of attempting to commit murder. He allegedly shot at Gabe Krull, a friend and classmate of Mr. Greene's, with a .380-caliber handgun, then shot Mr. Greene when he tried to intervene.
Mr. Greene, 18, died almost instantly in the 900 block of Isabella Street.
He was not engaged in any fighting. He was not striking anyone. No one had anything in their hands except the shooter, Michael McIntosh, Mr. Slukich said in opening statements.
The trial continued today and possibly Thursday.
According to Mr. Slukich, Mr. Greene, his older sister and Mr. Krull went to a relative's east side home the night of July 21 to play board games.
They left around 9:30 p.m. and met some friends on Isabella Street. They hung outside, listening to a Missy Elliott disc playing on a car stereo.
A man who worked with Mr. Krull at a carwash came by, talked to Mr. Krull and then left. About 20 minutes passed before Mr. McIntosh approached, waving a pistol in his hand and walking toward Mr. Krull.
Now talk some of your (expletive). Let me hear how bad you are, Mr. McIntosh allegedly said.
Mr. Greene told Mr. Krull to put down the gun, urging that this isn't worth going to jail.
Mr. McIntosh shot at Mr. Krull, nicking him in the face. That's when Mr. Greene grabbed him from the rear and Mr. McIntosh pointed his gun over his shoulder and shot down at Mr. Greene.
Mr. McIntosh was arrested that night. Mr. Slukich said his testimony has changed over time.
He also noted that, during one interview, Mr. McIntosh said he was attacked by 20 to 30 people and he had been knocked downwhen he shot at Mr. Greene.
It's not convincing, Mr. Slukich said. No one buys it.
Public defender Pat Walsh's opening statement was less than five minutes. He agreed that Mr. Greene's death was a tragedy and merely asked the jury to consider the suspect's influence of extreme emotions. He also asked them to consider whether the shooting was wanton or reckless.
Mr. Greene was a recent Newport High School graduate when he died. As a senior, he was the basketball team's most valuable player. He wanted to play ball at Northern Kentucky University or Cincinnati State.
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