Man Found Guilty Of 2006 Covington Murder

(COVINGTON, KY) -- A Kenton County jury has found a man guilty of a January 2006 murder in Covington.

Andre Finnell was found guilty of reckless homicide and facilitation of robbery in the death of James Clowers Jr., 46, of Crittenden, Ky.

Police say Clowers was trying to purchase crack cocaine and was shot and killed in an apparent robbery gone wrong.

Covington police arrested then 17-year-old Howard Edwards Jr. for the murder, but subsequent investigation revealed Edwards did not act alone and that Finnell, a convicted drug dealer, knew Clowers from previous drug sales. Finnell was believed to have recruited Edwards and provided him with a gun to rob Clowers.

Earlier this year, Edwards pled guilty to manslaughter and is serving an 18-year prison sentence in exchange for his testimony against Finnell.

Finnell was federally indicted in April 2007 and convicted on new drug trafficking charges and is serving a 12 year sentence in federal prison.

The Kenton County Jury has recommended Finnell receive the maximum 20 year prison sentence for the murder and robbery, as well as being a persistent felony offender.

Final sentencing will take place in January.