Friday, August 18, 2000

Garbage dump is searched for Craven murder weapons

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        WILLIAMSTOWN, Ky. — Detectives looking for weapons used to kill a Delta Air Lines pilot picked for hours Thursday through garbage.

[photo] Wearing a mask and gloves, Kenton County Patrolman Steve Benner rakes trash at the Epperson Waste Disposal landfill, searching for the crowbar and gun used to kill Steven Craven.
(Mike Simons photo)
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        Police said the men accused of killing Steven Craven told them where to start looking for the gun and crowbar used in his death last month in Edgewood. From there, investigators tracked the trash through a transfer station in Latonia and to Epperson Waste Disposal, a Williamstown landfill.

        Detectives put on gloves and masks and started sorting, one big backhoe scoop at a time.

        “We've got an idea of where trash for that specific week was put,” said Capt. Ed Butler, spokesman for the Kenton County Police Department. “But you're talking about just a huge amount of trash.”

        Carlisle Construction Co. donated use of the backhoe and an employee to operate it.

        Mr. Craven, 38, died on the basement floor of his Carimel Ridge house in Edgewood on July 12 after four whacks with a crowbar and three bullets fired at close range into his head. Police responded about nine hours later when his wife, Adele, returned home and said she was afraid because she found the front door open.

        After interviewing a man police said was Mrs. Craven's lover, Rusty McIntire, police charged her, Mr. McIntire and a third man, Ronald Pryor, with murder.

        Prosecutors could seek the death penalty. Mr. Pryor, 33, a car washer from Independence, told police he expected to be paid $15,000.

        Mr. McIntire, 32, a married baggage handler from Erlanger, and Mrs. Craven, 37, said they were soul mates, said Detective Wayne Wallace.

        The garbage detail started this week.

        Detectives will return to the dump again today.

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