Saturday, July 29, 2000

Second arrest made in pilot murder case


Alleged lover of wife is charged with murder

By Reid Forgrave and Mara Gottfried
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        COVINGTON - A second person has been charged in the killing of a Delta Air Lines pilot who was found shot to death in his Edgewood home July 12.

        Rusty McIntire, who authorities said had a relationship with Adele Craven, wife of homicide victim Stephen Craven, was arrested late Friday evening and charged with murder.

        Mr. McIntire of Erlanger is being held in the Kenton County Jail. An arraignment date has not been set.

        Mrs. Craven, who was arrested last week, also has been charged with murder. Court documents said she had asked an acquaintance about hiring a “hit man” in the days leading up to the slaying.

        Ms. Craven had told police she returned to their home about 8:30 p.m. with her two children from a day of shopping on July 12 and saw her front door open.

        She phoned police from a neighbor's house because she thought her home was being burglarized, she said.

        But police found no forced entry and concluded the burglary was “staged,” according to court documents. Valuables were not taken, and the home was not ransacked.

        Mr. McIntire, who according to court documents had been having an extramarital affair with Ms. Craven, is a baggage handler for the same airline Mr. Craven worked for. He had been in the Craven home shortly before the shooting, according to police.

        In early June, an Edgewood police officer found Mr. McIntire and Ms. Craven in a “compromising situation” in a vehicle in the parking lot of St. Pius X Church in Edgewood, police said.

        Ms. Craven apparently had also told an acquaintance that she wished her husband would die in an airplane crash so she could collect a $500,000 life insurance policy, police said.

       



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