City man guilty in gun case

STEUBENVILLE – Kinlaw Hendrix, 27, of Steubenville, formerly of Knoxville, Ill., was found guilty of menacing by stalking and tampering with evidence by a Jefferson County Common Pleas Court jury on Thursday evening.

The jury deliberated about 90 minutes before returning with the guilty verdicts. The jury acquitted Hendrix of felonious assault.

Assistant Prosecutor Frank Bruzzese said Hendrix was involved in a fight with two men on June 8, 2011, in the parking lot of Maryland Market in the 1400 block of Maryland Avenue. Hendrix left but came back in an SUV. Bruzzese said Hendrix pulled out a firearm and pointed it at one of the men he previously had been fighting with and said he was going to kill him. Hendrix fired several shots as the vehicle sped from the scene. Bruzzese said shots also were fired from the backseat area of the vehicle. He said more shots were fired as the vehicle turned onto Ohio Street.

Bruzzese said the SUV was parked near a home in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue. City Police, already responding to the area because of the earlier fight, surrounded the home and found the four SUV occupants inside. Bruzzese said officers found firearms used in shooting in duct work in the basement of the house.

Hendrix’s attorney, R. Aaron Miller, said Hendrix fired the gun into the air and not at a person.

Bruzzese said the victim refused to testify.

Common Pleas Judge David Henderson will schedule a sentencing hearing.

Co-defendant Jonathan T. Bray, 22, of Chicago pleaded guilty in November to complicity to felonious assault and tampering with evidence in connection with the incident. He was sentenced by Henderson to 30 months in prison.

Also, Chanice D. Adkins, 27, of East Liverpool was indicted on charges of complicity to felonious assault and complicity to tampering with evidence. Justin Campbell, 23, of Chicago was indicted on charges of complicity to felonious assault and tampering with evidence. Adkins and Campbell have not been served with copies of their indictments.