Man arrested after fatal shooting; not charged with murder

Cody R. Stafford (Source: Kenton County Detention Center)
Cody R. Stafford (Source: Kenton County Detention Center)

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Covington Police arrested a man after finding him with a fatal shooting victim, but did not charge him with his murder.

Police responded to a house on Waterside Way in Covington at about 8:30 pm Sunday to a report of a shooting. Officers found David A. Rains, 43, dead at the scene. Police arrested Cody R. Stafford, 24, at the scene.

After an investigation, police determined that Rains had gotten into a fight with Stafford where Rains had fired one shot at Stafford. At some point, Rains lost control of the weapon during the struggle and was shot.

After presenting these details to the Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney, the decision was made not to charge Stafford in the shooting.

However, Stafford was taken to the Kenton County Detention Center on unrelated drug possession charges.

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