Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Police arrest murder suspect

Hamilton man jailed after Sept. 12 death

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — Police arrested a suspect early Tuesday in the city's most recent homicide.

        Coby Scott Chavis, 30, of Hamilton was arrested at police headquarters around 6:15 a.m. on a charge of aggravated murder.

        Mr. Chavis is accused in the Sept. 12 shooting death of Alden Ray Little, 37.

        An arrest report says Mr. Chavis argued with two men in the 300 block of Main Street, fled on foot “and later returned to the scene with a 12-gauge shotgun and fired four shots at victim Alden Little.” Mr. Little was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot in the face.

        Police would not say what led to Mr. Chavis' arrest. A report says they allege Mr. Chavis acted with prior calculation and design to purposely cause Mr. Little's death.

        Mr. Chavis' father, Marvin of Hamilton, said he believes his son acted in self-defense and “the family is standing behind him all the way.” Relatives declined further comment.

        Coby Chavis was being held without bond in the Butler County Jail. A preliminary hearing has been set for Sept. 27 in Hamilton Municipal Court.

        Mr. Chavis, a concrete finisher, has been arrested several times in Hamilton, and was wanted on a Clermont County contempt-of-court charge at the time of his arrest Tuesday, his arrest record says.

        Other police records show he was held in a London, Ky., jail in 1991, but further information regarding that confinement was inaccessible Tuesday afternoon, officials there said.


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