PRESS RELEASE, 8/13/2015

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces death penalty indictment for Cordaro Mcghee

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the death penalty indictment for Cordaro A. McGhee (DOB 10-3-89) in the May 17th murder of Jean Elliot.  McGhee is charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Murder (Capital Offense), 1 count of Murder (Special Felony), 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2), 1 count of Attempt Murder (Felony 1), 2 counts of Aggravated Burglary (Felony 1), 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) and 1 count of Having Weapons Under Disability (Felony 3).  The Aggravated Murder charges (with death penalty specifications) carry the possibility of the death penalty.

McGhee entered Miss Elliot’s home at 4731 Chickering Avenue in Spring Grove Village shortly after midnight on May 17th.  McGhee and Miss Elliot were not known to each other.  McGhee entered the single family residence through an unlocked door and demanded money and shot Miss Elliot.

Miss Elliot had 3 granddaughters in the residence with her.  McGhee hit the 12-year-old granddaughter in the head with his gun and then shot her in the chest but she survived.  The other two children in the home were not injured. 

An 11-year-old grandchild was able to call 911 to report that someone had entered their home and that her grandmother had been shot.  The police responded to the residence and found Miss Elliot dead at the scene.  The 12-year-old was suffering from a gunshot wound and transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.  The other two children were found unharmed. 

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled Miss Elliot’s death a homicide due to a gunshot wound.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters commented, “This is unbelievable to announce a second death penalty indictment in two days where someone unknown to the homeowners goes into a residence and kills an adult and seriously injures children in the home.  Everyone in our community should be outraged and demand that we work together to find some solutions to this senseless violence.”