Sunday, February 8, 2009

Arrests made in burned-body killing

Following up on our earlier post about a burning body found under a bridge in Cold Spring, KY, the Cincinnati Enquirer is reporting that four people have so far been arrested in connection with the case.

Thursday night police arrested Marion Lawson Parker III in Arlington Heights, Ohio, said Covington Police Lt. Col. Spike Jones. Parker, 27, of Covington, who is known as "Timmy," is charged with murder while being held in the Hamilton County jail.

When Parker is brought back to Kentucky he will be charged with robbery, unlawful imprisonment and tampering with physical evidence.

Shawn Davis, 28, was found dead under the bridge on Dodsworth Lane in Cold Spring after firefighters responded to a report of a fire.

Three other people were arrested in the death.

Five days after Davis was found, Patrick Cooke, 24, of Covington; Samantha Mayse, 19, of Independence; and Mary Ann Hartbarger, 34, of Covington were all charged with complicity to commit murder and complicity to commit robbery.

Cooke and Hartbarger also are charged with tampering with physical evidence. Cooke faces an additional charge of first-degree unlawful imprisonment.

All three are being held without bail in the Kenton County jail.

Covington police Lt. Col. Spike Jones said Thursday that the tampering with physical evidence charges stem from the burning of the body.

The funeral for Mr. Davis is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday at Don Catchen and Son Funeral Home, 313 W 19th Street, Covington, KY. He will be buried at Mother of God Cemetery in Fort Wright, KY.

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