Bond set at $1 million for first of 8 charged in Hamilton shootings

Bond was set Wednesday at $1 million for Cornell McKennelly II, the first of eight people to be arraigned on charges connected to two Hamilton shootings that killed three people.

McKennelly, 38, of Franklin Street, Hamilton, is charged with murder and having weapons under disability, for allegedly killing Hamilton’s Kalif Goens at Doubles Bar on July 24. He is scheduled to be back in Butler County Common Pleas Court in October for a pre-trial hearing.

Judge Greg Stephens set the high bond after prosecutors pointed to McKennelly’s past criminal history that includes a conviction for drug trafficking in cocaine in 1999 in Butler County, serving a prison sentence for escape from Warren County, and conviction on a heroin charge in 2006 in Washington, D.C.

“This is a very emotional case containing a sequence of tensions in a sequence of events. For the safety of the public and, quite frankly, your safety Mr. McKennelly, I am setting bond at $1 million, not 10 percent,” Stephens said.

The courtroom was full of people that were searched with a hand-held metal detector before entering the courtroom. They left without comment after the hearing that lasted about five minutes.

The remainder of the defendants will be arraigned Friday, also by Stephens.

They are:

  • Mondale Goens, 21, of Maple Ave., Hamilton, charged with two counts of felonious assault, in the Doubles Bar shooting. He is represented by attorney Lawrence Hawkins.
  • Rodrick Curtis Jr., 20, North 7th Street, Hamilton, charge with felonious assault and having weapons under disability, for the Doubles Bar shooting. He is represented by attorney Scott Blauvelt.
  • Zachary Harris, 24, of Columbus, charged with counts of aggravated murder with a death penalty specification alleging the crimes were for hire, and a classification as a repeat violent offender, and having weapons under disability. for the Central Avenue drive-by shooting that killed Orlando Gilbert and Todd Berus. Harris is represented by attorneys Tim McKenna and Wilkes Ellworth
  • Tony Patete, 23, of Newark, charge with two counts of aggravated murder with a death penalty specification alleging the crimes were for hire, for the Central Avenue shooting. He is represented by attorneys Elizabeth Agar and William Oswall Jr.
  • Cory Cook II, 23, 9th Street, Hamilton: Felonious assault, for the Doubles Bar Shooting. bar with the specification that a gun was used in the crime. He is represented by attorney Melinda Cook.
  • Michael Grevious II, 23, of Maple Ave., Hamilton, charge with one count of aggravated murder with a death penalty specification alleging the crime was for hire and classifying him as a repeat violent offender for the Central Avenue shooting and felonious assault and the classification of a repeat violent offender, and having weapons under disability, for the Doubles Bar shooting. He is represented by David Washington and Ed Kathman.
  • Melinda Ann Gibby, 35, of Lancaster, charged with two counts of aggravated murder with a death penalty specification alleging the crimes were for hire for the Central Avenue shooting. She is represented by David Brewer and Tamara Sack.

Gun violence at the Main Street bar on the city’s west side killed Kalif Goens and injured seven others, according to Butler County Prosecutor Michael Gmoser.

Days later, two men were killed in a drive-by shooting along Central Avenue, which officials say was a murder for hire, according to the indictment.