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Family Appears in Court Accused in Shooting at City Heights

The three relatives arrested after a shooting in Covington's City Heights appeared in court on Tuesday. One had been released from the Kenton County Detention Center and appeared with his own attorney while the two younger defendants remained jailed and received court-appointed public defenders.

It was 12:23 a.m. on Monday, March 16 when nearby Covington officers heard gunshots coming from the public housing complex and just before multiple calls poured into Kenton County 911. The bullets fired all struck a parked vehicle, busting out two windows and causing about $1,000 in damage.

Parked on Highland Avenue not far from where the gunfire took place was a minivan. Stopped by Covington Police, Keith Mitchell, 49, Charles Mitchell, 30, and Jerome Mitchell, 29, were all taken into custody.

A Covington Police detective testified in Kenton District Court on Tuesday that Keith Mitchell was driving. A stolen 9mm handgun was recovered from the van as were shell casings from the scene of the shooting that appeared to match. Clothing worn by the defendants is currently being tested for the presence of gunshot residue.

The detective believed that the shots were fired from the minivan while it was driving in a City Heights parking lot. No one was injured.

Keith Mitchell had been released from the Kenton County Jail on Thursday on $2,500 cash bond after three days in jail. On Tuesday, he was represented by Covington attorney Jeff Otis. He faces charges of first degree wanton endangerment, first degree criminal mischief, and receiving stolen property (annyhdrous ammonia).

Charles and Jerome Mitchell remain behind bars and were represented by public defenders. Charles is charged with first degree criminal mischief, receiving stolen property (firearm), and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. 

Jerome is charged with first degree wanton endangerment, first degree criminal mischief, and receiving stolen property.

Judge Douglas Grothaus handed the cases over to the Kenton County Grand Jury for indictment consideration. He also refused requests from the public defenders to lower the pair's $2,500 cash bonds and to consider home incarceration, noting their lengthy criminal histories.

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

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