Cleveland man who killed debtor, shot woman and dog over $200 gets life sentence

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man whose December 2019 trip to a Stockyards neighborhood apartment to collect a $200 debt ended in the murder of his debtor and injuring a woman and a dog was sentenced to life this week.

Osby Scott, 52, shot Dillard Kennedy, 44, in the chest, then fired a second shot that went through Kennedy’s girlfriend’s leg and hit Pork Chop, the couple’s dog.

Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge Sherrie Miday on Monday sentenced Scott to life in prison with his first chance at parole after serving 31 years.

A jury found Scott guilty in May of aggravated murder, attempted murder, aggravated burglary, felony assault and other counts in the shooting. The jury acquitted him of a felony charge of cruelty to a pet.

Scott went to Kennedy’s apartment on West 49th Street near Storer Avenue around 11 p.m. on Dec. 23, 2019, to collect the debt, prosecutors said. Kennedy said he didn’t have the money and the two argued. Scott pulled out a gun and shot Kennedy in the chest. Scott kicked the door to the bedroom where Kennedy’s girlfriend was and shot her, then fled, prosecutors said.

The second bullet fired by Scott pierced the woman’s leg and struck Pork Chop’s leg. Both were treated for their injuries.

The woman testified at trial that Kennedy told her he loved her as he lay dying from the gunshot.

Cleveland police arrested Scott in a parking lot about a week after the shooting.