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Second Suspect in South Covington Murder Identified, New Details Revealed

A second suspect has been identified in the shooting death of a man in South Covington.

Simeon McKinnie, 20, has been on the run since Ronald Ray Hudson was gunned down at his home on Hands Pike on January 22. Delaun Hayes, 21, has already been arrested and pleaded not guilty to a murder charge this week.

Covington Police Chief Spike Jones identified McKinnie as the second suspect on Tuesday afternoon. A warrant has been issued for McKinnie's arrest.

New details learned

The River City News has learned exclusive new details of what happened the evening of Hudson's death.

McKinnie and Hayes were brought to the South Covington home for the alleged purpose of purchasing a large quantity of marijuana. A man named Matthew Bowling was asked by David Abney to introduce the two murder suspects to Hudson for the pot purchase, according to a document obtained by The River City News.

After the marijuana, approximately a half pound, was produced, Hayes allegedly pulled a handgun. Abney attempted to wrestly the gun away and was shot, while Bowling fled the scene after seeing the gun. He reported hearing multiple shots from multiple guns.

Responding officers discovered Abney wounded and Hudson dead and also shell casings from two different guns. The suspects were gone.

Abney remains at University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he will likely suffer from permanent injuries according to the document. Bowling identified Hayes in a line-up. 

Suspects' connection to 2013 Covington murder

McKinnie, who goes by the nickname "Gotti", and Hayes are affiliated with a Covington-based rap group known as Da Planes. A member of that group, Desean Peterson, was murdered in front of his Austinburg home in the fall of 2013.

Bowling identified in a video by Da Planes on YouTube, according to the document, while Abney also identified him from a gas station's surveillance video from when McKinnie and Hayes made a stop, allegedly on their way to Hudson's house on Hands Pike.

McKinnie's last known address was the 1700 block of Greenup Street in Covington. If you have any helpful information, call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 513.352.3040.

This story will be updated when more information is available. Follow The River City News on Facebook, Twitter, or email us.

Written by Michael Monks, editor & publisher of The River City News

Photos: Hayes (left) and McKinnie (right) via Kenton Co. Detention Center

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