Court docs: Nephew of man fatally shot in Covington pleads guilty

Michael Bishop
Michael Bishop

Michael Bishop was fatally shot just over a year ago in Covington. His nephew admitted to the killing in court last week, court records show.

Keyshawn McCoy, 19, pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of reckless homicide and assault, according to documents filed in Kenton County Circuit Court.

The shooting happened around 11 a.m. on Sept. 12, 2021, in the 3100 block of Rosina Avenue, according to the Covington Police Department.

Bishop ran across the street from his Covington residence to confront McCoy, Bishop's "surrogate nephew," as the two had been feuding, prosecutors said in court filings. A fight ensued and McCoy shot Bishop, a father of four, repeatedly, prosecutors said. Bishop, 29, was shot several times in the chest and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Alicia Haywood, Bishop's fiancée, was shot twice by McCoy, but survived, according to prosecutors. She had to relearn how to walk and has limited mobility as a result of her injuries.

Bishop’s brothers Daniel Helton and Gregory Gillie say Bishop and Haywood had taken McCoy in when he was 14 and raised him as a son.

“He tried to prevent anything like this from happening to him,” Helton told Enquirer media partner Fox19. “He tried to stay out of the street life thing. That’s not what he was about”

McCoy, who was 18 years old at the time, was arrested after he contacted police to turn himself in, though he declined to provide a statement once in custody, according to a criminal complaint. He was initially charged with murder, court records show, but that count was later amended to a reckless homicide charge.

In an email to The Enquirer, Kenton County Commonwealth's Attorney Rob Sanders said the reduced charge is part of a negotiated resolution. Prosecutors believe a jury would find McCoy's actions to be "imperfect self-defense," Sanders said, which, under state law, reduces the possible punishment.

"Witnesses told police Mr. Bishop was acting aggressively and uttering highly offensive language, however, Mr. Bishop was unarmed," Sanders said. "There was absolutely no excuse, however, for shooting Ms. Haywood. Video showed her standing in the middle of the street, unarmed, doing nothing to indicate she was a threat to anyone," he added.

McCoy's lawyer was not immediately available for comment Tuesday afternoon.

Prosecutors are recommending McCoy serve five years in prison on the reckless homicide charge and 15 years on the assault charge, the court filings show. Those counts would run consecutively. McCoy is scheduled to appear in court for sentencing on Jan. 3, according to court records. The case is being heard before Judge Mary K. Molloy.

Enquirer media partner Fox19 contributed to this report.

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