Tuesday, August 01, 2000

Shooting suspect in court

Attorney waives extradition right

By Terry Flynn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        NEWPORT — Patrick Leonard is scheduled to appear in Hamilton County Municipal Court today on a charge of murder in the shooting death Saturday of his former girlfriend, Dawn Flick, at her home in New Baltimore.

        Mr. Leonard, 30, who lives six houses away from Ms. Flick's home on River Road, appeared in Campbell County District Court on Monday morning where his Cincinnati attorney, William Welsh, waived extradition. Mr. Leonard was taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center a short time after the court hearing.

        Several members of the Flick family and their friends were in the Campbell County courtroom for the hearing but declined to talk to the media.

        The family suffered a double tragedy in a 24-hour period. Ms. Flick's father, Les Flick, committed suicide at the family restaurant, Flick's Home Like Inn, early Sunday, authorities said.

        Mr. Leonard is also charged with attempted murder in the wounding of Ryan Gries, 25, of Miamitown.

        According to police, Ms. Flick, 22, called Mr. Gries and another friend for assistance after Mr. Leonard showed up at her home about 3 a.m. Saturday and struck her. Mr. Gries was shot in the side through the front door of Ms. Flick's home. He was treated and released at University Hospital.

        Mr. Leonard then allegedly shot Ms. Flick. He later surrendered at the Highland Heights (Ky.) police department.


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