Drug trafficking, not road rage, led to the murder of businessman Michael Sweeney

The murder last month of prominent businessman Michael Sweeney occurred after an accused drug dealer chased him down Interstate 75, believing a woman in Sweeney’s vehicle had not not paid enough for the drugs, prosecutors said.

“It is tragic and incredible that a man lost his life for just $2,” Hamilton County District Attorney Melissa Powers said in a news release.

Police previously dismissed the fatal shooting as a road rage incident.

That’s because the woman in Sweeney’s vehicle lied to police, Powers said, claiming the shooting resulted from road rage.

The shooting took place on the evening of May 13. Sweeney, 70, and two women drove to a BP station at 2112 Montana Avenue in Mt. Airy. One of the women, Kimberly Cragwell, “exited Sweeney’s vehicle and entered Mickey’s vehicle” and purchased drugs, according to the press release.

After Cragwell returned to Sweeney’s vehicle, accused drug dealer Randall Mickey exited his vehicle and confronted Cragwell through the driver’s side window of Sweeney’s car.

Sweeney then drove off and Mickey followed him to I-75. Prosecutors say Mickey fired two shots into Sweeney’s vehicle. Sweeney was hit in the head and crashed. The two women were not injured by bullets.

Police responded to the accident around 8:30 p.m. in the northbound lanes near Mitchell Avenue. Sweeney was taken to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center where he later died.

Mickey, 37, has been charged with murder, felony assault, being a felon in possession of a weapon and tampering with evidence.

Cragwell was charged with obstruction of justice.

This article originally appeared on the Cincinnati Enquirer: Prosecutor: Drug Deal Led to Murder of Michael Sweeney

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