Saturday, July 08, 2000

Boy, 16, charged in killing

Suspect had previous arrests

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON - Police have charged a 16-year-old boy, who has a history of drug arrests, in the shooting death of a 58-year-old West Chester man.

        The youth, whom The Cincinnati Enquirer is not naming because he is a juvenile, faces a count of murder and a count of felonious assault. He was being held in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center awaiting a Monday court appearance, officials said Friday.

        The charges stem from a Wednesday night incident that left Bruce Hennig dead. He suffered a gunshot wound to the head.

        Mr. Hennig was found seated in a parked car in the 500 block of East Avenue, but police believe he was shot at Ludlow and Ninth streets. The suspect lives on Ludlow.

        Another man, not identified by police, drove away from the shooting scene with Mr. Henning in the vehicle, officers said. “When the shooting started, the driver drove away, fleeing from the shots — and then realized that his passenger had been shot,” said Officer Don Taylor, Hamilton police spokesman.

        Police wouldn't say wheth er they had found the weapon used to shoot Mr. Hennig.

        The suspect's first recorded contact with city police occurred in 1996, when he was 12 years old and in trouble for a stone-throwing incident, Officer Taylor said.

        By 1997, the boy was arrested on the first of several charges involving crack cocaine, Officer Taylor said. The youth's most recent arrest was May 1, on a charge of trafficking cocaine. Officer Taylor was unable to immediately determine the outcome of those cases.

        Officials haven't released a motive in the killing of Mr. Hennig. Authorities said Mr. Hennig worked in construction and painting jobs and has family in Ohio and New Jersey, but no further information about him was available Friday.


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