Saturday, August 26, 2000

Man, 19, indicted in student's death

An act of kindness ended his life

By Dan Horn
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The last hour of David Peet's life began with an act of kindness.

        Prosecutors say the 19-year-old college student agreed to give a ride to two teen-agers who told him they were stranded in a Taco Bell parking lot.

Michael Price
        Within minutes of getting in the car, prosecutors say, one of the teens drew a gun and ordered Mr. Peet into the trunk.

        He was found shot to death on a dead-end street the next morning, Aug. 14.

        “They wanted a ride and he was just being a good citizen,” prosecutor Mike Allen said Friday. “What they did makes no sense. It was absolutely a cold-blooded act.”

        One of the accused teens, 19-year-old Michael Price, will face a possible death sentence if he is convicted of shooting Mr. Peet.

        The Winton Terrace man was indicted Friday by a Hamilton County grand jury on charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and robbery.

        The other suspect, a 17-year-old from Finneytown, is not being named because he is a juvenile. Mr. Allen said prosecutors will seek to move his case to adult court.

        The younger suspect will not be eligible for a death sentence but could face up to life in prison if he is tried in adult court.

        Mr. Allen said Mr. Peet of Springfield Township met the two teens in the parking lot of a Taco Bell at the intersection of Winton and Galbraith roads.

        Mr. Peet, an artist and student at the University of Cincinnati, was driving his 1989 metallic blue Honda Civic.

        The two teen-agers asked Mr. Peet for a ride and he agreed, Mr. Allen said. “They appealed to David's natural inclination to help people,” he said.

        Mr. Price and the younger teen were armed with a handgun and looking for someone to rob, Mr. Allen said. “They were predators stalking prey,” he said.

        He said they forced Mr. Peet into the trunk at gunpoint, drove to a dead-end street, got him out of the trunk and shot him four times. Mr. Allen said Mr. Price fired the shots.


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