PRESS RELEASE, 11/13/2015

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces capital indictment in 2013 Norwood homicide

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the capital indictment of Jaleel Smith-Riley (DOB 2/10/93) in the November 16, 2013 murder of Porshia Brooks.  Smith-Riley is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Murder (Special Felony), 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2), 1 count of Attempted Murder (Felony 1), and 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the death penalty.

Brooks was in a parked car with her boyfriend, Aron Martin, on Carthage Avenue in Norwood at approximately 10:30 p.m. on November 16, 2013 when Smith-Riley approached the vehicle and ordered Martin out of the car.  He held Martin at gun point while he searched his person to rob him.  Martin had nothing of value on his person and Smith-Riley then shot him in the head.  After shooting Martin, Smith leaned into the vehicle and shot Ms. Brooks.

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled Ms. Brooks’ death a homicide by means of a gunshot wound.

Martin still suffers residual issues from the gunshot wound to his head.

The crimes against Mr. Martin and Ms. Brooks went unsolved until recent leads and Crime Stoppers tips allowed the Norwood Police Department to arrest Smith-Riley and charge him in this case.  Smith-Riley committed these crimes along with two other people.  One person is now deceased and the other person is in custody in Michigan.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “We don’t seek the death penalty unless the perpetrator is the worst of the worst and proof is not an issue.  Smith-Riley and his case fit both criteria.”