Bar owner charged with murder

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Landmark News Service

  The owner of Raywick Bar and Grill, Chris Gribbins, 46, of Hodgenville has been arrested and charged with murder and second-degree assault following a shooting in Raywick Friday, Nov. 9.


David Litsey, 22, of Lebanon was shot outside of the Raywick Bar and Grill that morning. Litsey, a 2009 graduate of Marion County High School, was transported to Spring View Hospital where he died from his injuries, according to the Kentucky State Police.

The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call reporting the shooting at 1:21 a.m. Nov. 9. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky State Police responded to the scene.

Gribbins was arrested at 12:07 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at his home on Dangerfield Road in Hodgenville. He is being held at the Marion County Detention Center on a $540,000 bond. The murder charge is related to Litsey’s death, but the assault charge is related to an incident that occurred prior to the shooting, according to the state police. Gribbins is accused of assaulting Phillip J. Franklin, 22, of Springfield.

Gribbins is scheduled to be in court Tuesday, Nov. 13.

Another man, Michael Gibson, 48, of Raywick was also arrested for second-degree assault and terroristic threatening stemming from the incident with Franklin. Gibson is being held at Marion County Detention Center on a $40,000 bond. Gibson is scheduled to have a hearing Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The details surrounding the shooting remain under investigation, and KSP Detective Bradly Stotts is conducting the investigation.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the state police at 1-800-222-5555, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at (270) 692-3051 or the Lebanon Police Department at (270) 692-2121.

Trouble at Raywick bar

Gribbins purchased the Raywick bar in June from Susie and David Riggle, who were doing business as Fifth Wheel Bar and Grill LLC.

Friday morning’s shooting is the second serious incident at the Raywick bar this year. Under the previous owners, the bar was called Susie’s Bottoms Up.

The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights investigated an incident April 5 at Susie’s Bottoms Up, and the commission concluded that the bar likely discriminated against African Americans that night.

“[T]here is strong evidence to suggest that on April 5, 2012, Susie’s Bar and Grill, at the direction and/or control of Riggle imposed and implemented a blanket prohibition against permitting any African Americans to enter its facilities and/or to participate in its goods and services,” the commission’s Executive Director John J. Johnson wrote in a letter to Riggle, dated Sept. 22.

Complaints were filed against Susie’s Bottoms Up by Naquan Thurman of Hodgenville and George Stinson, who is the chairman of the Human Rights Commission. Thurman noted in his complaint that he believes he was denied entrance to the bar on April 5 because of his race.

Thurman prepared an amended complaint Aug. 25, which was filed with the commission Sept. 27. The amended complaint lists Chris Gribbins of Hodgenville and the Broken Spoke Bar and Grill as respondents. 

While Gribbins was not involved in the April 5 incident, the amended complaint alleges that he and his business are “subject to successor liability” and that he should have known that Susie’s Bottoms Up was involved in litigation and an investigation by the commission.

An administrative hearing is still pending on this matter, and the commission’s staff will attempt to resolve this matter “by conference or conciliation to the extent feasible,” according to Johnson’s letter to Riggle.

Litsey funeral was Tuesday

The funeral for David Blake Litsey Jr. was held Tuesday morning at the United Presbyterian Church. Burial was in the St. Augustine Church Cemetery.

Litsey is survived by his parents David and Linda Bridgewater Litsey of Lebanon; his daughters Braelyn, Aliyah and Adelyn Litsey; four brothers, Anson Garrison of Louisville, Chris Wright of Lebanon, Lance Calbert of Bardstown, and Chaz Edwards of Elizabethtown; and three sisters, Andrea Bridgewater of Lebanon, Shevon Nicole Johnson of South Carolina, and Shaina Litsey, of Springfield.