19 years later: Fatal shooting survivor makes plea for killer to stay in prison

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by William Teague

WHAS11.com

Posted on November 1, 2013 at 11:52 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)—In January of 1994 Steve Ritchings and his fiancé Melissa Young were the victims of a drive-by shooting on the Gene Snyder.  Three men pulled up in a car and opened fire. Young, 23, died and left behind three children.

“I’ve tried to tell them through the years, I tried to save Mama, but I couldn’t,” Ritchings said.

The shooting stemmed from a feud between Ritchings and a man named Todd Roe. He ordered three men to carry out the hit on Ritchings who lost his left eye. Police say William Graham was the shooter, Carl Schwalm was the driver and Christopher Byers was in the backseat. All are doing time for murder, but Byers is up for parole in January.

“If I did something like that I wouldn’t want to get out and face the victim,” said Ritchings.

With a 30 year sentence, Byers is doing the least amount of time. He will head before the parole board next Tuesday and Ritchings will make a plea to the board on Monday. He wants Byers to serve his full sentence.

 

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