KENTON COUNTY, KY (FOX19) -An attorney for the suspect officers say is involved in the Elsmere fatal shooting says his client was only trying to defend his child and his girlfriend.
Joseph Witkowicz, 25, was in a Kenton County courtroom Thursday for a murder charge connected to a road rage incident that resulted in the death of 35-year-old Nichole Daughtery of Covington.
An arrest report says on July 17, Witkowicz stopped his car on Garvey Avenue and Cross Street after being tailgated by another vehicle.
The report says Witkowicz got into an argument with Daughtery has she approached their vehicle.
Officers say Witkowicz got out of his car, drew a handgun, and shot the victim multiple times.
When the Elsmere Police Department and Fire Department arrived, they found Daughtery dead at the scene.
Witnesses, who didn’t want to be identified over fears of retaliation, say they heard three gunshots and looked outside to see Witkowicz standing over Daughtery’s body.
“He was standing there, and the girl went to move to lay on her back, and he went over, and he shot her four more times. I watched that happen,” one witness said.
Another witness says Witkowicz stayed at the scene and cooperated with police.
“He was calm, cool, collected,” a witness said.
Witkowicz is held at the Kenton County Detention Center.
The Kenton County district court judge said Witkowicz had no compassion in the case and set his bond at $500,000.
His case was sent to the Kenton County Grand Jury.