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Loveland man indicted in fatal shooting in Pierce Township

Court docs: Shooting followed argument over crash
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Posted at 4:15 PM, Feb 24, 2021

PIERCE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A Loveland man was indicted Tuesday on charges related to a fatal shooting in Pierce Township earlier this month.

Pierce Township Police and Clermont County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 300 block of St. Andrews Drive for a shooting on the evening of Feb. 14. According to court documents, officers found Corey Lawwill shot four times in a parking lot. Crews transported Lawwill to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Court documents said Cody Crawford called police and told the dispatcher he shot Lawwill after he struck Crawford's vehicle. Crawford, 27, was arrested near the scene and later recounted the story to police. Officers found two firearms in his vehicle.

After an investigation, Crawford was initially charged in Clermont County Municipal Court and held on $500,000 cash bond.

On Wednesday, County Prosecutor Mark Tekulve announced new indictments, including first-degree murder, tampering with evidence and carrying a concealed weapon. If convicted, Crawford faces 22 years to life in prison, according to the prosecutor.

Crawford is currently lodged in the Clermont County Jail on a $250,000 bond. He has pleaded not guilty.

A pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 8 at 8 a.m.