Thursday, July 13, 2000

Teen may face trial as adult in shooting that left man dead

By Steve Kemme
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A 16-year-old boy who is accused of shooting a West Chester man to death is expected to learn July 20 whether he will be tried as an adult.

        The prosecution says the boy fired a .40-caliber handgun, missed his intended victim and killed Bruce Hennig, 58.

        Mr. Hennig died of a gunshot wound to the head. The shooting occurred at Ludlow and Ninth streets in Hamilton, police said.

        The youth is charged with murder and felonious assault.

        On Wednesday, Butler County Juvenile Court Judge David Niehaus set the July 20 date for a probable-cause hearing on the charges.

        The judge said he also will listen to arguments on whether the boy should be tried in juvenile court or adult court on the charges and on charges of trafficking in and possession of drugs from a separate case.

        Carl Lewis, his attorney handling the murder-felonious assault case, said he talked with the boy Wednesday.

        “He's devastated and very, very afraid,” Mr. Lewis said.

        He said he will fight hard to keep the case in juvenile court.

        “I haven't seen anything that proves he shot anyone,” Mr. Lewis said.

        The boy's grandfather and legal guardian hired Mr. Lewis to represent the boy on the more serious charges. The court appointed attorney David Albrecht to represent the youth on the drug charges.


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