Saturday, September 16, 2000

Execution sought in pilot's killing

By Jane Prendergast
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Kenton County Commonwealth Attorney Don Buring filed court papers Friday that announced his intention to seek the death penalty against the wife of Delta pilot Stephen Craven, 38, and two men he says helped kill Mr. Craven in July.

Adele Craven
        The accusation that Mr. Craven's wife, Adele, of Edgewood, planned to pay a man for shooting her husband gives Mr. Buring the aggravating circumstance he needed to seek capital punishment.

        Mrs. Craven, 37, her reputed lover Rusty McIntire, 32, of Erlanger, and the alleged trigger man, Ronald Pryor, 33, of Independence, were indicted Friday by a Kenton County grand jury. Mrs. Craven and Mr. McIntire were indicted for complicity to commit murder, while Mr. Pryor was indicted for murder.

        Although only Mr. Pryor is accused of actually committing the killing, Mr. Buring said he believes the law and case precedent allow him to seek death against all three.

        Mr. Craven's body was found in his Edgewood basement July 12.


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