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State of Ohio v. Michael Crutchfield

October 21, 2011

STATE OF OHIO, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,
v.
MICHAEL CRUTCHFIELD, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



TRIAL NOS. B-0903675 : B-0904855 Criminal Appeal From: Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judgment Appealed From Is: Affirmed

The opinion of the court was delivered by: Hildebrandt, Judge.

Cite as State v. Crutchfield,

OPINION

Please note: This case has been removed from the accelerated calendar.

{¶1} Defendant-appellant Michael Crutchfield appeals the judgment of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas convicting him of murder, attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault, with firearm specifications, and one count of having a weapon while under a disability. He was convicted after a jury trial.

A Cup of Liquor and the Death of an Innocent Bystander

{¶2} This case concerns Crutchfield's alleged retaliation for the shooting of his cousin, Darwin Adams.

{¶3} One night, Crutchfield and Adams were at a party. Jeffrey Davis was also present at the party with his friend Eric Moore. At some point during the course of the party, Adams and Davis got into a prolonged, heated argument over a cup of liquor.

{¶4} Moore and Davis left the party together. Moore testified that as they were driving on a nearby street, they had spotted Adams. According to Moore, Davis had shot Adams, and they had fled the scene.

{¶5} Moore and Davis were looking for a safe place to hide out after the shooting. To that end, they contacted Damon Warner, a "bootleg" cab driver. Warner testified that he had picked up Moore and Davis and that the pair had made numerous cellular telephone calls in search of a safe haven. Some time past dawn, one of those calls led Warner to drive to Broadway Street in downtown Cincinnati.

{¶6} After they had parked on Broadway, Warner and Moore saw a man peeking out several times from the breezeway of an apartment building. Soon after, the man approached the car with a gun, firing numerous rounds through the back window. Although the occupants of the car went unscathed, one of the stray bullets struck and killed Brittany Jackson, who happened to be walking down the street as the shots were fired.

{¶7} Warner and Moore both testified that as the shots were being fired, Moore had identified the shooter as "Keys," which was Crutchfield's nickname.

Warner and Moore were later shown a photographic lineup, and they both identified ...


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