Wednesday, July 26, 2000

Alleged lover not off hook

Police could charge him, too, in shooting of Delta pilot

By Susan Vela
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        An Erlanger man who allegedly had an affair with a woman charged with her husband's slaying could still face charges in the shooting death of the Delta Air Lines pilot, police said Tuesday.

        Adele Craven already has been charged with the July 12 crime, but her alleged lover remains on the list of possible shooters, said Kenton County Police Capt. Ed Butler and Edgewood Police Chief Steve Vollmar.

        They held a press conference to discuss their investigation and to respond to questions. Mr. Craven, 38, was found dead in his Edgewood home. He had been shot multiple times.

        Ms. Craven, 37, originally told police she returned home around 8:30 p.m. that night and found her home burglarized. There was no sign of forced entry, and police had concluded that the burglary was staged before arresting Ms. Craven last week.

        At Tuesday's press conference, police said most people want to know about the Craven children, ages 6 and 8, who are staying with their father's relatives, and about the alleged lover's possible role in the crime.

        A custody hearing to determine where the children will stay more permanently will take place Thursday in juvenile court. The relatives may ask the court to allow the children to remain with them.

        The alleged lover, a baggage handler for Delta, was a co-worker of Mr. Craven's and had occasionally done handy work at the Craven home, police said.

        He was with the couple at their home the morning of Mr. Craven's death.

        Police say it's too soon to call the man a full-fledged suspect. But they concede that he could fill in a lot of missing blanks.

        They already have questioned him and plan to do so further when he returns from vacationing with his wife. They are confident he will return even though they don't know his whereabouts. “He lives here. He has family here locally. He has roots here. We don't have any reason to believe he just fled the area,” Capt. Butler said.

        Ms. Craven is being held at Kenton County Jail. A bond hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. today at the Kenton County Justice Center.

        In Kentucky, all participants in a slaying can be charged with murder.

        Police still have not said whether Ms. Craven was the actual shooter.

        “I can't say yes, I can't say no,” Capt. Butler said.

        There also is the possibility of a hit man.

        Court documents state that in early July, Ms. Craven allegedly asked a family friend whether he knew a “hit man” who would “take care of” her husband and whether the hit man would need a photo of Mr. Craven.

        Another person told investigators she overheard part of the hit-man conversation.

        Ms. Craven allegedly revealed to that same person her wish for a plane crash.

        She said her husband “was worth about $500,000” because of his life insurance policy.

        Those with information about the July 12 death are encouraged to contact Kenton County Police Detective Wayne Wallace, 356-3895, or Edgewood Police Officer Shawn Kleier,331-5911. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call a tip line, 356-4636.


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