Prosecutor claims Hamilton drive-by shooting almost happened at park during youth football practice

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Trial for Michael Grevious II starts Wednesday, April 18 in Butler County Common Pleas Court in Hamilton.

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Opening statements began Wednesday morning in the death penalty trial of Michael Grevious II.

Grevious, 25, is charged with aggravated murder for the retaliation shooting that followed a shootout at the former Doubles Bar in Hamilton’s West Side. If found guilty, he faces the death penalty.

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Grevious is also charged with felonious assault and having weapons under disability for violence at the bar.

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After the Doubles Bar shooting, Grevious recruited Zachary Harris to kill Orlando Gilbert for $5,000, according to prosecutors.

Here's what defense attorneys and the prosecution told jurors this morning during opening statements:

Brad Burress, Butler County assistant prosecutor:

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Brad Burress, Butler County assistant prosecutor gives opening statements Wednesday morning in the death penalty trial of Michael Grevious II. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Brad Burress, Butler County assistant prosecutor gives opening statements Wednesday morning in the death penalty trial of Michael Grevious II. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Brad Burress, Butler County assistant prosecutor gives opening statements Wednesday morning in the death penalty trial of Michael Grevious II. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Defense attorney David Washington:

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Defense attorney David Washington delivers his opening statements to the jury in the Michael Grevious II death penalty trial. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Defense attorney David Washington delivers his opening statements to the jury in the Michael Grevious II death penalty trial. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

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Defense attorney David Washington delivers his opening statements to the jury in the Michael Grevious II death penalty trial. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Seven others, including three also charged with a capital offense, have all had their cases heard and are serving prison sentences.

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