Man wanted for shooting of woman outside Lachey's has surrendered to police

Cincinnati Police identified a man wanted in the shooting of a woman outside Lachey's in Over-the-Rhine in November. (WKRC)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Around 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening, shooting suspect Lavoris Hightower turned himself in to Cincinnati police with his attorney, Clyde Bennett.

Hightower did not answer questions. Bennett claims investigators have the wrong man and that they rushed to make an arrest.

"So until or unless you give me evidence to the contrary, I'm of the opinion that he didn't do it," Bennett said. "I think there was an attempt by the City of Cincinnati Police Department, not the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office, the city of Cincinnati Police Department to hold somebody accountable so that everybody could still feel comfortable eating, drinking, and having a good time in Over-the-Rhine."

A grand jury indicted Hightower on charges of attempted murder, felonious assault, having a weapon under disability, and tampering with evidence.

Investigators say the 36-year-old shot Lachey's bar manager Ellie Richardson in the face early Thanksgiving morning.

Police say Richardson had words with the driver of a van after the van almost hit her. Police say after that the driver shot her.

98 Degrees group member Justin Jeffre says the Lachey staff and extended family are concentrating on Ellie’s well-being.

"It really is hard to believe that something like this could happen," Jeffre said. "I certainly hope that we see some justice for Ellie and I hope that we continue seeing the outpouring of support that we've seen from the community. So far it's been incredible. We still need to do more for her though that's why we are doing a concert for her on December 15th."

Meanwhile, Clyde Bennett is preparing a defense.

"I'm not impressed with an indictment. I'm not impressed with a law enforcement effort to make sure citizens feel comfortable and safe partying," said Bennett.

If he is convicted of all of the charges, Hightower faces more than 25 years in prison.

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