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Murder Suspect Appears in Court, Remains Jailed on $500,000 Bond

One of three men accused in the shooting death of a South Covington man appeared in court Wednesday afternoon.

Delaun Hayes is charged with murder and first degree assault. He is one of three suspects jailed after Ronnie Ray Hudson was shot to death at his Hands Pike home on January 22. A second man, David Abney, was critically wounded and was saved in surgery at University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Detective James West testifed on Wednesday in Kenton District Court.

Hayes is represented by Covington attorney Harry Hellings. Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders is prosecuting.

Along with Hayes, Simeon McKinnie and Charles Knox are also behind bars facing the same charges. Investigators believe that Hayes and McKinnie opened fire on Hudson and Abney after attempting to rob them of half a pound of marijuana. The suspects and the victims did not know each other previously, West testified. 

Hayes was arrested on January 24 and McKinnie was placed in custody on February 2. Knox, accused of driving the getaway car, was put behind bars on Tuesday.

Hayes's case has been turned over to the Grand Jury and he is being held on $500,000 bond. McKinnie is to appear in court on February 10 and is also being held on half a million dollars bond. Knox, also being held on $500,000 bond, is scheduled to appear in court on February 11.

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

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