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

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.

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:

Defense attorney David Washington:

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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