Raywick bar owner in jail for murder

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David Litsey, 22, died at Spring View Hospital early Friday morning, Nov. 9

By The Staff

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 Jr., 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.

According to court records, Gribbins "was identified as discharging a firearm that resulted in the death of David Litsey." The records continue to read that Gribbins was involved in beating another individual by using a firearm earlier in the night.

Gribbins and Michael Gibson, 48, of Raywick have both been charged with second-degree assault. The court records read that Gribbins and Gibson both caused physical injury to Phillip J. Franklin, 22, of Springfield by hitting him with a pistol.

Gibson was further charged with terroristic threatening for threatening to kill Franklin, according to the court records.

Gibson was arrested at 9:51 p.m. Nov. 9, at 209 Broadway in Raywick.

Gribbins was arrested at 12:07 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at his home on Dangerfield Road in Hodgenville.

Both Gribbins and Gibson are being held at Marion County Detention Center. Gribbins is being held on a $500,000 bond on the murder charge and a $40,000 bond on the assault charge. Gibson is being held on a $40,000 bond.

Marion District Judge Amy Anderson has scheduled preliminary hearings for Gribbins and Gibson at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 20.

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.

"There 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 remembered as a hard-worker by coaches, teacher

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.

Marion County football coach Jeff Robbins coached Litsey when he was a student at MCHS.

"When I found out Friday morning, it made me sick. I was physically ill Friday morning when I went to school," Robbins said. "I've been coaching for 23 years ... I feel like all these guys are my kids. When something happens to one of them, it hurts me."

Robby Peterson, who also coached Litsey, said he always thought a lot of him.

"David loved the game of football, he always practiced and played with 110 percent effort," Peterson said.

Peterson also offered his condolences to Litsey's family, especially his parents.

Robbins and Peterson both said one of their fondest memories of Litsey was from the 2008 playoffs. Fairdale led the game 14-13 at the half, and they had one of the top receivers in the state. When the coaches asked who could shut him down, Litsey raised his hand and said he'd do it.

"He [the receiver] never caught another pass," Robbins said.

The Knights won 35-21.

Robbins said Litsey was an extremely hard worker, intense in everything he did and very respectful to the coaches and staff.

"I have nothing but good things to say about David," Robbins said.

Litsey was in Coury Osbourne's English class when he was a sophomore.

"He is one of those students who, if you got to know him and did not judge him, he could surprise you," she said.

She added that Litsey was respectful, kind and hard-working.

"I enjoyed getting to know him and I will think of him often as a reminder to treat all of my students with respect," Osbourne said.