Monday, June 9, 2014

John Arcady -- They Don't Carry Much Money

"It was a senseless, horrible thing that happened.  They don't carry much money," said the owner of Cincinnati's Towne Taxi regarding the murder of driver John Arcady.  On September 27, 1999, the 49-year-old's body was found slumped over the wheel of his idling cab at 4802 Winneste Avenue in the Cincinnati suburb of Winton Terrace.  Killed instantly by a single gunshot wound to the back of the head, Arcady still had a toothpick in the corner of his mouth and a foot on the brake.  Arcady, a former touring drummer with the groups the Platters, Los Bravos, and the Hager Twins, often drove double shifts to support himself while drumming for the Queen City-based Mary Ann Kindel Band.

Denise Lipscomb
Lemar Goss
Andrea Goss

Police, acting on eyewitness accounts, searched for three blacks seen fleeing the scene.  A few days later, brother and sister Lemar Goss, 19, Andrea Goss, 18, and their relative Denise Lipscomb, 26, were arrested and charged with aggravated murder during the commission of a robbery.  Another suspect, Sion Graham, 21, was later arrested and charged with complicity in supplying the gun to Lipscomb, and in driving the getaway car.  On the night of the murder, Arcady picked up the trio and drove them to a spot near Lipscomb's apartment where the woman shot him in the head during a robbery attempt.  In exchange for their testimony against Lipscomb, the Goss siblings pleaded guilty to reduced charges of robbery and involuntary manslaughter, and were sentenced to terms of 23 years each.  In October 2000, Lipscomb was found guilty of aggravated murder, but avoided the death penalty when a jury recommended life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 43 years.  Lipscomb will be 69 years old before her first parole hearing.  Sion Graham, Lipscomb's boyfriend, pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter and to using a gun to commit aggravated robbery, and received a 23 year prison sentence.  Lemar Goss (Inmate No. A401712) is currently incarcerated at the Belmont Correctional Institution in St. Clairsville, Ohio while his sister, Andrea (Inmate No. W045814), and Denise Lipscomb (Inmate No. W048598) are both serving their sentences at the Dayton Correctional Institution.

1 comment:

  1. How it is that Lipscomb was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 43 years to life in prison without the possibility of parole for at least 46 years?