Fri December 6, 2002
Adele Craven Jury Deadlocked
By Paul Long
Lexington, KY – Jurors considering the fate of Edgewood housewife Adele Craven told a judge this afternoon that they were hopelessly deadlocked.
The jury of 10 women and two men told Kenton Circuit Judge Patricia Summe about 2 p.m. that it could not reach a verdict. The jury had been given the case late Wednesday after prosecutors and defense attorneys completed their closing arguments.
The jury deliberated for 12 hours and resumed deliberations this morning. It had been asked to determine if Ms. Craven was guilty of planning and participating in the slaying of her husband, Steven, a 38-year-old pilot for Delta Air Lines and the father of the couple's two sons.
Ms. Craven, 37, has adamantly denied playing any role in the killing. She said Russell "Rusty'' McIntire, with whom she was having an affair, planned the crime and helped carry it out.
McIntire, who made a plea bargain with prosecutors in an effort to escape the death penalty, testified earlier in the trial that he hired Ronald Pryor to help him kill Craven on July 12, 2000, in the basement of the Cravens' home.