7 suspects in Hamilton shooting, hired hit head to court

Some could face death penalty
Posted at 7:07 AM, Aug 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-19 07:32:12-04

HAMILTON, Ohio -- Seven suspects are due in court Friday facing charges in connection with a pair of shootings that left three people dead and several others injured.

A Butler County grand jury returned indictments Aug. 11 against seven men and one woman for the July 24 shooting at Doubles Bar and the Aug. 3 drive-by shooting along Central Avenue. Some could face the death penalty if found guilty, according to the prosecutor.


Cornell McKennelly previously appeared in court and is facing a murder charge for the shooting at Doubles bar that killed Kalif Goens. He was given a $1 million bond.

Three others charged with shooting people at the bar that night will be in court Friday, including Goen's brother, Mondale Goens. Rodrick Curtis and Cory Cook II, both of Hamilton, will also appear in court on felonious assault charges.

Police believe the shooting at Doubles bar led to a second one on Aug. 3 on Central Avenue. They say that shooting was a hired hit as revenge for Goen's death. It killed Orlando Gilbert and Todd Berus.

The four people in court Friday facing murder charges in that slaying are Zachary Harris, 24, of Columbus; Melinda Ann Gibby, 35, of Lancaster; Tony Patete, 23, of Newark; and Michael Tracey Grevious II, 23, of Hamilton.

Prosecutors say those four could get the death penalty if found guilty in those cases.


WCPO will update this story as more information becomes available.