Monday police news 011204

January 12, 2004

Four injured in

Casey County crash

LIBERTY - A Casey County traffic crash Sunday sent four people to the hospital, state police said.

Thad Allen, 76, and a passenger in his vehicle, Lorene Allen, 73, both of Dunnville, and Joseph Smith, 22, and his passenger, Melissa Smith, 19, both of Danville, were injured in the two-vehicle crash on Ky. 206.

Thad Allen and Melissa Smith were treated for injuries at Casey County Hospital. Lorene Allen was transported to Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville, and Joseph Smith was airlifted to the University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, according to a report by Trooper David R. Gibbs.

The accident occurred as the Allens' Ford Ranger was headed west on Ky. 206 eight miles west of Liberty and reportedly pulled into the path of the Smith vehicle, Gibbs reported.


The Allens were not wearing seat belts; the Smiths were using seat belts.

Casey County Ambulance Service made the local transports.

Wife on trial again

in husband's death

COVINGTON (AP) - A second trial was to begin today for a northern Kentucky woman accused of arranging the murder of her husband, a Delta Air Lines pilot.

Adele Craven's first trial ended in December 2002 with a deadlocked jury, and the judge declared a mistrial.

In September, the man convicted of carrying out the murder, Ronald Scott Pryor, agreed to testify against Craven in order to avoid a death sentence.

Prosecutors maintain she collaborated with her lover, Russell "Rusty" McIntire, to murder 38-year-old Stephen Craven so they could continue their affair and she could collect a $500,000 insurance policy. Pryor was to be paid $15,000 for carrying it out.

Craven has denied having anything to do with the death of her husband, whose shattered body was found in the basement of the couple's Edgewood home. He had been bludgeoned with a crowbar more than a dozen times and shot three times.

"I loved Steve," she testified at her first trial. "Rusty McIntire and Ronald Pryor killed my husband. I know that because they confessed."

McIntire pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to life without parole for 25 years. He has testified Craven was present for the killing.

Pryor refused to testify against Craven at her first trial, and the judge ruled a prior confession inadmissible.

Craven has remained in prison since she was arrested a few weeks after the July 2000 killing. She will be tried in Fayette County because of pretrial publicity in Kenton County. The trial is expected to last six weeks.

William Wilson of Shepherdsville and Kenneth McCardwell of Louisville have taken over Craven's defense. Wilson said he plans to argue that Pryor and McIntire concocted the conspiracy story to save their own lives.


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