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Adele CRAVEN

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
Classification: Murderer
Characteristics: Parricide - Murder for hire - To collect insurance money
Number of victims: 1
Date of murder: July 12, 2000
Date of arrest: 8 days after
Date of birth: 1961
Victim profile: Stephen Craven, 38 (her husband)
Method of murder: Shooting
Location: Kenton County, Kentucky, USA
Status: Sentenced to life in prison on April 27, 2004
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Adele Craven had come a long way from her working-class roots in Long Beach, California. She'd met and married a charming airline pilot who gave her the life she'd always dreamed of.

Together they had two children and became active in their community. Stephen's long trips left Adele lonely, but a remodeling business with a family friend seemed to occupy her spare time.

Then, on July 12, 2000, Stephen's body was found at the bottom of the basement stairs. Cops investigating the brutal murder soon learned that Adele had more than a business relationship with family friend Rusty McIntyre. He was Adele's lover.

Police arrested Adele and Rusty and charged them with conspiring to kill Stephen Craven. Rusty confessed and gave the name of the hit man he claimed he had hired at Adele's request. But Adele claimed Rusty acted on his own, killing Stephen so he could have her to himself.

At trial, she testified in her own defense, and the jury deadlocked. But prosecutors tried again, convinced she killed her husband to get his life insurance money. Halfway through the second trial, Adele decided to plead guilty to conspiring to kill her husband. She was sentenced to life in prison.

 
 

Adele Craven - Murder

Stephen Craven met Adele Vicuna, who is Hispanic, in Southern California while he was training to become a pilot in the U.S. Coast Guard and she was in Mortician school.  They secretly married shortly thereafter in 1989. 

Eventually, Stephen became a Pilot with Delta Airlines and they moved to Edgewood, Kentucky with their two young sons.  By the spring of 2000, Stephen and Adele were fighting often and sought marriage counseling, as they had done in years past.  Among other things, he cited her overspending and she said he wanted to have sex too often.  Adele told her friends that Stephen made her skin crawl and she wished his plane would crash.  Adele got $3,000 from her mother for a divorce, but decided that it was not an option and hid the money from Stephen.  Adele led Stephen to believe that they were making progress in counseling while she began her plan to kill him. 

The Cravens were having some home repair done and Adele befriended Rusty McIntire, the son of their Contractor.  McIntire also had a troubled marriage and the two commiserated.  Adele recognized how easily she could manipulate McIntire and quickly began an affair with him.  In no time she convinced McIntire to help her kill her husband.  She convinced him that they would share Stephen’s $500,000 life insurance and begin a new life together. 

Unable to muster the courage to kill Stephen himself, McIntire was convinced by Adele to find someone who could do the job.  McIntire turned to a construction site laborer he knew named Ron Pryor who was known to be perpetually in need of money and not afraid to do anything to get some.  Pryor was offered $15,000 and quickly agreed. A plan was made for the evening of July 12, 2000.  Pryor was to beat Stephen with a crowbar and to ransack the home to make it look like a burglary. 

McIntire purchased the murder weapon the night before the murder and called Adele on a cell phone that he had given her.  The cell phone had become a point of contention between the Cravens.  Stephen wanted Adele to give it back, but she refused.  She claimed to be working with McIntire and told Stephen that the phone was necessary.  Adele and Rusty talked on the cell phone often.  In fact, cell phone records show that the McIntire and Adele talked 502 times for a total of 1875 minutes in the month before the murder.  On the day of the murder alone they called each other 22 times.

On July 12, 2000, McIntire and Pryor met at 9 A.M. and they waited in a local Cemetery for Adele’s phone call.  They had planned to go to the Craven home that morning to see the layout, and further discuss the plan for the murder that night. 

At the Craven home, Stephen and Adele were planning for an upcoming vacation.  Stephen had called in sick and Adele was waiting for him to leave the house.  Stephen had called a friend in New York and since he could fly with Delta at no cost, the two were going to meet in New York City to see a Broadway Show.  Stephen got Adele’s approval and called his friend back to make arrangements. 

Adele immediately called McIntire and told him that they had to do it now.  With their oldest son away at a day camp, Adele let her other son go with a neighbor to the grocery store, which provided the opportunity to get Stephen alone.  Pryor hid in the back of McIntire’s truck and they drove to the Craven home.  It was not unusual for McIntire to show up uninvited as he was still working on a few odd jobs there.  When he arrived, McIntire told Stephen he was there to fix a faulty showerhead in the basement.  Pryor had hidden in the basement at a prearranged spot where Adele had set up a mirror so that Pryor could see when Stephen was in position to be attacked.  Adele lured Stephen toward the garage by telling him that their pet ferret was loose, the signal for Pryor to attack. 

As Stephen approached Adele, she shut the half glass door in his face while Pryor attacked.  He struck Stephen a dozen times with the crowbar, shattering his skull so severely that his brain oozed out of the fractures.  Adele stood at the window in the door watching the attack.  As they gathered by McIntire’s truck, Adele declared that Stephen was still breathing.  Stephen’s arm twitched in the large pool of his own blood.  She produced the Craven family handgun, a .38 caliber Smith and Wesson, and handed it to Pryor.  She told him to go in and shoot Stephen.  Pryor complied, shooting Stephen one time in the head. 

As Pryor began to change out of his clothes, Adele again said that Stephen was still breathing.  She reloaded the gun, handed it to Pryor and instructed him to shoot Stephen again.  Pryor shot Stephen two more times in the head, leaving bloody boot prints near the body.  With the deed done, the three went their separate ways.  Adele told Rusty that the longer it was before a body was found, the harder it was to establish a time of death.  A piece of information she learned while becoming a mortician.  A neighbor watched as McIntire and Adele drove away from the Craven home. 

Adele immediately went to the bank and got a $4,000 cash advance from Stephen’s credit card.  She then met McIntire at a Verizon Wireless store where she paid $1,308.36 on his delinquent cell phone bill.  Adele gave McIntire $1,000 to pay Pryor and the two had lunch.  McIntire then met Pryor and gave him the $1,000 cash for the murder. 

Ten hours after the murder, Adele came home and called 911 from a neighbor’s phone because “the front door is standing open and there is a light on in the office and my husband is supposed to be in New York”.  When police arrived they found the body. 

Adele never shed a tear but tried to appear distraught.  Detective Wayne Wallace was asked by the City of Edgewood to lead the investigation.  An Edgewood Patrolman informed Detective Wallace that recently, he had caught Rusty McIntire and Adele Craven having sex in the back of McIntire’s truck behind a local church.  When Detective Wallace spoke with Adele that night, she made no mention of her relationship with McIntire.  When Adele’s car was searched, it was discovered that she had her passport, a file folder that included birth certificates of her and the children, a bag containing makeup, underwear, marriage counseling notes, a phone charger, and clothes for her and the boys. 

Evidence continued to mount against Adele Craven.  She told at least 8 people that she wanted Stephen dead and even asked one to find her a hit man.  She told her babysitter that if anything ever happened to Stephen not to ask her about it because she did not want to have to lie to her.  Adele was arrested 8 days after the murder.  Adele maintained innocence.  McIntire refused to speak with Detective Wallace and fled the country on a prearranged Disney Cruise, compliments of Adele Craven (and her mother’s $3,000).  When McIntire returned from his vacation, he was confronted by Detective Wallace and confessed, revealing the murder for hire plan. 

Ron Pryor was immediately arrested and also confessed to Detective Wallace.  Their confessions led to the retrieval of evidence involved in the murder.  McIntire discarded the bloody clothes and murder weapons at a local refuse transfer station.  The evidence was then taken to a garbage landfill in Williamstown, Kentucky. 

Six weeks after the murder, Detective Wallace and others searched at the landfill through three thousand tons of garbage for sixteen days and found the bloody boots and shirt that Pryor wore during the murder.  DNA testing confirmed that they were covered with Stephen Craven’s blood.  McIntire had discarded the bullets in a wooded area and led Detective Wallace to them.  The FBI laboratory conducted Comparative Bullet Lead Analysis and matched the rounds found in the woods with the rounds found in Stephen’s head.  The murder weapons were never found.

With the Commonwealth seeking the Death Penalty against all three defendants, a Judge surprisingly severed their cases, forcing separate trials.  A deal was made with McIntire to testify against his co-defendants in exchange for a sentence of Life without parole for twenty five years. 

Pryor was tried in April, 2002 in Kenton County Circuit Court and a Jury sentenced him to Death.  Adele Craven hired an aggressive attorney who successfully sought a change of venue to Lexington, Kentucky.  The time leading up to the trial, and the trial itself was full of defense antics for seven weeks, and resulted in a hung jury.  A mistrial was declared in December of 2002. 

Prosecutors struck a deal with Ron Pryor to escape the Death Penalty and testify in Adele Craven’s retrial in exchange for a sentence of Life without parole.  Adele was appointed two new attorneys.  In January of 2004, Adele Craven was again tried for Murder in Lexington, Kentucky. 

On February 19, 2004, after six weeks of trial and at the conclusion of the Commonwealth’s case, Adele requested to plead guilty to Murder to avoid a possible sentence of Death and agreed to a sentence of Life in prison.  She waived any future appeal and was sentenced immediately.

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Craven: Killing was my idea

Wife gets life after admitting role in husband's murder

By Jim Hannah - The Cincinnati Enquirer

Friday, February 20, 2004

LEXINGTON - Adele Craven's 3 1/2-year lie came to an abrupt end Thursday when she stood before a judge and admitted she orchestrated her husband's killing.

The confession and guilty plea came after prosecutors had completed presenting five weeks of evidence in Craven's retrial. They had called dozens of witnesses and presented hundreds of pieces of evidence to show Craven helped arrange the July 2000 killing of Stephen Craven, a veteran Delta Air Lines pilot, in their home in Edgewood.

Witnesses said Craven hired a hit man, arranged for him to ambush her husband in the basement of their home, and stood by and watched as her husband was beaten and shot three times.

"There was not one event, piece of evidence or testimony in the prosecution's case that convinced Adele to accept a plea agreement," said co-defense attorney Kenneth McCardwell of Louisville. "It was a combination of everything."

In exchange for pleading guilty to the charge of complicity to murder, she avoided the possibility of being only the fourth woman in Kentucky history to be sentenced to death. Kenton County Circuit Judge Patricia Summe sentenced Craven, 40, to life in prison. She will be eligible for parole in 20 years.

Prosecutor Luke Morgan of Frankfort said the plea agreement was worth it, even if he didn't get a death sentence.

"The most important thing is she admitted what she did," said Morgan. "She won't be able to file appeals for years to come and harass the victim's family. This guilty plea will help relieve the pain that family has felt."

The trial had been moved from Covington to Lexington because of pretrial publicity.

Stephen Craven's brother, Bill Craven, rushed from his office furniture business in Atlanta to catch the first flight here so he could be in court to hear his sister-in-law admit to the killing.

He clutched the hands of other Craven family members, some of whom traveled from California, as Craven told the judge she did it.

"I was stunned at today's developments because she has denied it from the beginning," said Bill Craven, "but I always knew she was guilty. It was so obvious to us."

Bill Craven, who is raising the Cravens' two young sons, said he believes his brother would be satisfied. Bill Craven said his brother wasn't a death-penalty advocate.

"To hear her say she is guilty is the most valuable thing of all," Bill Craven said.

He said he soon plans to tell his nephews - now 10 and 12 - that their mother has pleaded guilty to their father's killing, but he would avoid the gruesome details.

"That's for them to find out when they are older," Bill Craven said.

Craven has been in jail since a few weeks after the murder.

Bill Craven has also filed a wrongful death suit against Craven in Kenton County circuit court. It was unclear Thursday whether the family will pursue that lawsuit.

The plea brings to an end a long legal battle. Craven's first trial ended with a hung jury in December 2002. Eight of the jurors wanted to acquit Craven.

In order to present a stronger case for the retrial, Morgan made a deal with the hit man, Ronald Scott Pryor. Pryor, already found guilty of murder, avoided the possibility of being sentenced to death in exchange for testifying against Craven.

Pryor told jurors how Craven wanted her husband killed, paid him $1,000, and even stuck a gun in his hand and said, "finish the job."

Craven's reputed lover, Russell "Rusty" McIntire, also testified against the woman as part of a plea deal.

McIntire told jurors that Craven had promised him an easy life if he helped her in the killing. He said Craven planned to collect on her husband's life insurance and marry him.

"We finally have closure today," said Morgan. "Adele Craven hurt so many people."

 
 

Craven admits role in killing

By Paul A. Long - Post staff reporter

February 20, 2004

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- After 3½ years of proclaiming her innocence, Adele Craven now has two important people to confess to -- her sons, Daniel, 12, and Joseph, 10.

By mail and by phone, Ms. Craven had assured them she had nothing to do with the brutal killing of their father, Stephen Craven, in 2000.

But on Thursday in a Fayette County courtroom, she changed her story and admitted that she had planned and participated in the gruesome slaying. In an agreement reached after hours of intense negotiations, she brought her second trial to an abrupt end by pleading guilty to murder and accepting a sentence of life in prison.

While four attorneys helped her navigate her way through the two trials and countless hearings in the justice system, she will be on her own in explaining her actions to her boys, who are living with their aunt and uncle in Georgia.

"It's going to be very difficult to tell them," said William Wilson, one of her attorneys. "But it's something only she can do."

Ms. Craven admitted she conspired with Ronald Pryor and Russell "Rusty" McIntire to kill Stephen Craven in the basement of the Cravens' Edgewood, Ky., home on July 12, 2000. Prosecutors said she wanted to continue her affair with McIntire and collect on a $450,000 insurance policy. Pryor agreed to do the killing for $15,000.

"She deserved more, but this guilty plea prevents her from filing  appeals,'' said Assistant Attorney General Luke Morgan, who prosecuted the case.

"The family will be spared the arguments of an appeal. The community will be spared the question of what an appeals court may do.

"This shows now, beyond any doubt, that she did this, and it shows (the community) who the three people were who murdered this fine man in his own home -- - and that they did it because of greed."

Pryor and McIntire previously have pleaded guilty. Ms. Craven's first trial ended in a hung jury.

Her guilty plea on Thursday came during a trial in which the tide seemed to be turning against her. Defense attorneys could not shake the testimony of Pryor, who put her at the scene watching her husband being beaten to death.

The lead investigator, Kenton County Police Detective Wayne Wallace, had won over the jury with his plain-spoken style. And prosecutors were preparing evidence that would damage the credibility of a key defense witness.

So before the defense began presenting its witnesses Thursday, Wilson and his partner, Kenneth McCardwell, met with Morgan. Plea negotiations, always bubbling in the background, were about to resume with vigor.

Defense attorneys wanted Ms. Craven to be able to continue to proclaim her innocence and to have a hope of getting out of prison one day. Morgan wanted her to remain in jail forever and insisted she admit her guilt.

They soon reached an agreement -- Ms. Craven would admit she was guilty in return for a life sentence with a chance of parole in 20 years.

All that was left was to tell Stephen Craven's family and discuss the wording of what she would admit doing.

By 11 a.m., Sue Craven was calling her husband, William "Bill" Craven Jr., Stephen Craven's older brother and the custodial parent of the two boys, at the family business in northern Georgia. Get to the courtroom, she told him.

Bill Craven rushed to the Atlanta airport, hopped on a Delta flight, and was in Lexington by 2:30 p.m.

"I wasn't happy with the deal when Luke (Morgan) first explained it," Bill Craven said. "But the more I considered it, the better I liked it.

"The best part of the deal is that she is admitting guilt, and signing a statement of guilt. I don't think she'll ever be let out of prison."

Shortly after 3 p.m., a teary-eyed Adele Craven entered the courtroom, wearing a calf-length black skirt and a black and white sweater. Flanked by her attorneys, she looked straight ahead before sitting down between them.

Sitting behind her were her brother, a sister, a childhood friend from California and several Northern Kentucky friends.

On the other side of the courtroom, sitting behind Morgan, were Stephen Craven's family -- his mother, his brother and sister-in law, and one of his sisters.

The hand she raised to swear an oath shook visibly. Throughout the proceeding, she wept openly, hugging herself with one hand on her neck, a tissue clenched in her fist.

Her voice cracked as she identified herself. Her brief answers to questions posed by Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe were quiet and punctuated by sobs.

Steven Craven's mother was not moved.

"She was crying for herself," said Garnet Craven, who came from Palm Springs, Calif., to attend, and was there nearly every day of both trials.

"She killed him many times. She planned it. She called him down the stairs. She handed the gun to (Pryor) two different times.

"She made many, many conscious efforts to kill him."

During the hearing, Morgan read a page-and-a-half statement of facts outlining the killing.

"Ronald Pryor hit Mr. Craven several times with a crowbar and shot him three times in the head'' -- here, Morgan's voice rose dramatically, and he lifted his eyes from the document and looked directly at Adele Craven -- "at the direction of the co-defendants, Adele Craven and Rusty McIntire.

The statement ended: "Pryor and McIntire left the home. The crowbar and handgun were also placed inside a garbage bag that McIntire took from the residence. Adele Craven was still there when McIntire and Pryor left."

When Ms. Craven pleaded guilty, Summe immediately sentenced her to life in prison.

After the hearing, Ms. Craven was returned to the Kenton County Jail, where she has been since her arrest a week after the killing. Soon, she will be moved to the Kentucky Correctional Institute for Women in Pewee Valley to serve her sentence.

She will receive credit for time served, and likely will meet the Parole Board for the first time in late 2020.

Summe then went into the jury room to tell the 14-member panel, who had sat through the six-week trial, that their services no longer were needed. Ms. Craven had pleaded guilty, she told them. Immediately, they took a poll. All 14 members were convinced of her guilt.

Then, they came into the courtroom to commiserate with Stephen Craven's family and express their sympathy.

But despite their unanimous vote, jurors were undecided on the death penalty. And Bill Craven said for the first time that he was not in favor of killing the mother of his nephews.

He said he held his tongue during the proceedings because he didn't want to hurt the prosecution's case. But, he said, he would have told jurors not to put Adele Craven on Death Row.

"I would have said we don't want the death penalty," Bill Craven said.

"Steve would not have wanted it. For Steve's legacy, and for Dan and Joe, we would not have wanted it."

 
 

The case of Adele Craven

Jury must decide role in killing of husband

By Jim Hannah - The Cincinnati Enquirer

Thursday, December 5, 2002

LEXINGTON - Stephen Craven suffered 12 blows to the head from a crowbar, but he still breathed.

Prosecutor Luke Morgan says Adele Craven heard her husband gasp, shoved a pistol into a hit man's hand, and ordered him to finish the job. When that bullet failed to silence the Delta Air Lines pilot, he says, Ms. Craven reloaded the .38 caliber revolver and issued an order to shoot twice more.

Ms. Craven, a licensed mortician, faces the death penalty if convicted of complicity to murder Mr. Craven, 38, in July 2000. He was found face down in a pool of blood in the basement of his Edgewood home.

She would become only the fourth woman in Kentucky history sent to death row.

Defense attorney Deanna Dennison, famed for getting Covington resident Michael Funk acquitted of murder charges in the 1990s, contends Ms. Craven loved her husband and had nothing to do with the killing.

In the defense's view, Mr. Craven was killed by a hit man hired by the handyman who remodeled the Craven basement. The handyman, Russell "Rusty" McIntire, was off his anti-depressant medication, drinking heavily and obsessed with Ms. Craven, the defense says. The theory is he stalked her, spied on her and seduced her, but when Ms. Craven ultimately rejected him, Mr. McIntire decided to kill Mr. Craven and hired the hit man on his own.

As the Fayette County jury decides which of these widely divergent accounts to believe, the trial - now in its sixth week - is already the longest-running criminal case in Fayette County in recent memory.

The cost of having to conduct the trial 80 miles south of Cincinnati - the trial was moved because of pretrial publicity - is creating a price tag much higher than other capital cases.

Jurors are being asked to sort out two starkly opposite claims - Adele Craven either plotted to kill her husband and participated, or she had nothing to do with it and wasn't even there when it happened.

Two and a half years after Stephen Craven took his final breath, 10 women and two men are about to decide who was ultimately responsible for his death.

A love-triangle plot ...

During closing arguments on Wednesday, Mr. Morgan said Ms. Craven, 39, of Edgewood was a cheating wife who wished her husband's plane would crash so she could collect on a $500,000 life insurance policy.

Mr. Morgan and co-prosecutor Christina Brown, both assistant attorneys general, spent three weeks calling five dozen witnesses and entering 229 exhibits. The courtroom has several black trunks filled with evidence, transcripts and other items used in the trial. The defense alone had 2,000 pages of documentation.

The prosecution called Ms. Craven's beautician, her marriage counselor, her neighbors and her sister to try to establish that she was in a troubled marriage, talked of having her husband killed and acted strange on the day of the killing. But their star witness was Mr. McIntire.

"I talked with her (Adele) about different ways to ambush Stephen," said Mr. McIntire, who rarely looked at Ms. Craven while on the stand. "Options included on a bike trail, on his boat and in the house. She (Adele) even discussed killing him herself. She told me if she ever got the chance, she would shoot Steve."

Mr. Morgan contends Ms. Craven duped her lover, Mr. McIntire, 34, of Erlanger, into hiring a hit man after she failed to recruit anyone for the job herself. Mr. McIntire, a Delta Air Lines baggage handler by night and a handyman by day, had begun an affair with Ms. Craven after he was hired to remodel the Cravens' walkout basement.

Mr. McIntire, the prosecution says, hired Ronald Scott Pryor, 35, of Independence to be the triggerman. He hid behind a sofa in the basement as Ms. Craven lured her husband down the stairs by yelling, "Honey, the ferret is loose!" The Craven family kept the pet caged in the attached garage.

Ms. Craven and Mr. McIntire locked the doors to the basement so Mr. Craven wouldn't be able to escape the crowbar-swinging Mr. Pryor, the prosecution says. To ensure the neighbors on their quiet cul-de-sac wouldn't hear a yell for help, Mr. McIntire then turned up the stereo in his truck parked outside.

In April, a Kenton County jury recommended that Mr. Pryor, described at trial by his defense attorneys as a "slow thinker," be sentenced to death. Kenton Judge Patricia Summe must decide whether to follow the jury's request or sentence Mr. Pryor to a lesser punishment during a sentencing hearing.

Mr. McIntire turned against Ms. Craven - a woman he had called his "soul mate" - testifying against her in exchange for a plea deal of life in prison with the possibility of parole after 25 years.

Or, jealous lover acting alone

Co-defense attorneys Deanna Dennison of Covington and Linda A. Smith of Florence contend Ms. Craven ended the affair with Mr. McIntire before the murder, but the two remained friends. The Cravens were trying to get their relationship back on track by seeing a marriage counselor.

That set off Mr. McIntire, who had emotional problems, she said. In one angry outburst, he had even choked a fellow Delta employee, Ms. Dennison said.

"He was losing her and he knew it," Ms. Dennison said.

Mr. McIntire had access to the house and could have broken into the family's gun closet and taken Mr. Craven's pistol, she said.

The night before the murder, Ms. Dennison said, Mr. McIntire bought two crowbars at Home Depot. She suggested that Mr. McIntire and Mr. Pryor ganged up on Stephen Craven together while Ms. Craven was out of the house getting her youngest son from a neighbor.

She had no idea that her husband was being bludgeoned, Ms. Dennison said, and never would have arranged such a brutal murder when her children could have walked in on the scene.

Mr. Craven was struck 12 times in the head with a crowbar and shot three times in the head, the county coroner testified.

In her own defense

The defense's star witness was Ms. Craven herself. She testified for about 14 hours over two days, often speaking is such a low voice that jurors complained they could not hear her.

"Rusty implicated me to save his own skin," Ms. Craven said before breaking down in tears. "He is betraying me."

Ms. Craven testified that though Mr. Craven was a very "structured" person who complained about her weight (125 pounds) and spending habits, she loved him and would never kill him.

Ms. Dennison, using a similar tactic to that which helped destroy the murder case against convicted child molester Michael Funk, questioned the timeline of the murder.

Ms. Dennison called a 14-year-old neighbor girl to the stand who testified she saw Mr. Craven standing in the doorway of his home at 10:50 a.m. on the day of the killing.

That would put Mr. Craven's death about an hour later than what the prosecution claims, opening the door to the defense claim that Ms. Craven was running errands at the time.

Despite being held in Lexington, the trial has been attended by former jurors from Mr. Pryor's trial, attorneys from throughout the state and even police cadets. Mr. Craven's parents, both retired, have been in the courtroom almost every day. Members of Ms. Craven's family, many of whom live in California, have rarely been present.

The Cravens' two sons, Joseph, 8, and Daniel, 11, now live with a paternal uncle and have not been in attendance. Family members say the children have not been told of the full circumstances surrounding their father's death.

The state took so much interest in the Craven case that it is being prosecuted directly out of Attorney General Ben Chandler's office.

The state is also taking a gamble in asking for the death penalty. Only three women have ever been sent to Kentucky's death row, and the death sentence was overruled in two of those cases.

Although it might be months for the final figure to be tallied, the Craven case is costing thousands of dollars more than the typical murder prosecution.

The trial was moved from Covington to Lexington, forcing the state to fly or drive in nearly every witness called by both the prosecution and defense.

Witnesses have been flown in from California and Kansas. The state is paying for Ms. Craven's defense after she was declared indigent. Kenton County workers are racking up overtime for testimony about the investigation.

The judge, two bailiffs and a court clerk are all staying overnight in Lexington - at the tony Gratz Park Inn - as the trial moves along slowly and meticulously.

The jury was sequestered Wednesday night and will begin deliberations at 9 a.m. today. Closing arguments Wednesday lasted from 9:30 a.m. until shortly after 8 p.m., with a one-hour break for lunch.

 
 

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Adele Craven

This stay-at-home Edgewood mom, 39, could be sent to death row if convicted of conspiring with her lover to hire a hit man to kill her husband. Raised in California, she studied mortuary science before her 1989 marriage.
 

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Russell "Rusty" McIntire

The 34-year-old from Erlanger, a Delta Air Lines baggage handler and handyman, is the prosecution's star witness. Ms. Craven's former lover, he agreed to testify against her in a deal to avoid the death penalty. His wife has filed for divorce.
 

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Ronald Scott Pryor

Mr. Pryor, 35, was found guilty of murder and was recommended for the death penalty by a jury. The hired hit man from Independence bludgeoned and shot Mr. Craven.
 

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Deanna Dennison

Ms. Craven's co-defense attorney made a name for herself by successfully defending Michael Funk. He was ultimately acquitted in 1994 of murdering Jenny SueIles, 7, of Covington after three trials over a nearly five-year span.


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Patricia Summe

Elected in 1994, she was Kenton County's first female circuit judge and Kentucky's fifth. She is presiding in only her second death penalty case in the Adele Craven case; her first was Mr. Pryor's.
 

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Luke Morgan

11-year veteran as an assistant attorney general and head of the special prosecutions division in Frankfort. Many of his other cases have been in Eastern Kentucky.

 

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Stephen Craven

The Minnesota native met his wife while stationed in California with the Coast Guard. He and Mrs. Craven moved to a home on Carimel Ridge in Edgewood in 1992 and Mr. Craven took a job with Delta. Their two sons were 6 and 8 when their father was killed.

 

 

 
 
 
 
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