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Judge Shuts Down Attempt to Reduce Bond in Cancer Patient's Death Case

The man charged with facilitation to murder following the robbery and death of a Covington woman who was battling stage four lung cancer appeared in court on Tuesday.

When 18-year old Braedon Reaves's attorney asked Kenton District Judge Ann Ruttle to lower his $50,000 bond, Ruttle replied, "I'd be inclined to increase it."

Reaves also faces a marijuana possession charge in Grayson County, the attorney stated, and he was charged with failure to appear there but Ruttle said that his current charge in Kenton County takes precedence.

Undeterred, the attorney asked the judge if she could continue with her request, adding that she wanted to explain what Reaves's family was proposing.

"I don't care what they're proposing," Ruttle said. "I'm sorry. I don't care."

According to testimony Tuesday from a Covington Police detective, Reaves allegedly picked up Kenneth Maurice Jones and a juvenile after they allegedly robbed and murdered Denita Satchwell, 58, and dumped her body in a wooded area near Rabbit Hash. The detective stated that there is video evidence of Reaves picking up the other two in a parking lot while driving a car registered to his mother.

Satchwell was reported missing last week, and at the time Covington Police noted that she was without her medication. Days later, it was announced that her body had been found, and that she had likely been robbed, at least in part, for those medications.

On Tuesday, it was revealed that a conversation leading up to Satchwell's robbery and murder at her Latonia home took place at a small apartment in Florence the night before. Reaves, the detective testified, was present for that conversation.

Whether Reaves knew that a robbery and murder had taken place when he went to pick up Jones and the juvenile was unclear in Tuesday's testimony.

Jones, 38, is reportedly Satchwell's cousin, and will appear in court for a preliminary hearing next week. He is being held on $1 million bond. The juvenile is being held in Campbell County Juvenile Detention.

Reaves's case was given to the Kenton County Grand Jury to consider an indictment.

Story & photo by Michael Monks, editor & publisher