Thursday, July 27, 2000

Gun owned by family missing

Same caliber weapon used to kill pilot

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON — A .38-caliber gun owned by the family of a Delta Air Lines pilot found shot to death in his Edgewood home on July 12 is missing from their safe deposit box.

        Adele Craven, 37, told police shortly after her husband's body was discovered that the family owned a .38-caliber gun and that it should have been in the safe deposit box.

        She was charged with murder Friday after her husband, Stephen Craven was found shot in the head twice with a .38-caliber gun.

        These revelations came to light in court documents released after Ms. Craven appeared in court Wednesday. She entered the courtroom with her head down, and said nothing during the 15-minute hearing as her attorneys agreed to delay the proceeding until they could review the evidence.

        The preliminary hearing, where bond will be set, is now scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenton County Justice Center. Ms. Craven has been held on without bond since her arrest Friday.

        Deanna Dennison, a Covington defense lawyer, and public defender Mike Williams appeared in court Wednesday to represent Ms. Craven.

        Mr. Williams has been ordered to represent her through Tuesday, when Ms. Craven will tell the court whether she can afford to hire an attorney. Ms. Dennison said she is being paid by Ms. Craven's family to help on the case.

        Kenton County District Judge Frank Trusty denied Mr. Williams' request for a gag order but asked everyone involved not to talk about the case.

        When police arrived at the couple's Edgewood bank a day after the slaying, the only gun they recovered in the safe deposit box was a .25-caliber handgun.

        A gun holster found in the home the night of the shooting was designed to hold a .38-caliber handgun, according to court docu ments. There were also bullets recovered at the home that were not fired from the gun that killed Mr. Craven, according to court documents.

        Kenton County and Edgewood police along with Commonwealth Attorney Don Buring are saying little about the case, including whether the weapon has been recovered.

        The couple's children, 6 and 8, are staying with their father's relatives. A custody hearing to determine where the children will stay permanently will take place today in Kenton County juvenile court.


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