PRESS RELEASE, 8/12/2015

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces death penalty indictment in Springdale murder

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the death penalty indictment of Akihiko Clayton (DOB 6-14-95) in the murder of 33-year-old Emilio Ramirez and the stabbing of 4 juvenile victims.  Clayton is charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Murder (Capital Offense), 1 count of Aggravated Burglary (Felony 2), 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1), 4 counts of Attempt Murder (Felony 1) and 8 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the death penalty.

On July 2nd Clayton forced entry into an apartment located at 1108 Chesterdale Circle known as the Willows of Springdale.  He stabbed the victim Emilio Ramirez multiple times.  He also stabbed four children in the home; twin 2-year-old girls, a 7-year-old boy and a 14-year-old boy.  The children survived.

Springdale Police were called to the scene shortly after midnight for a report of unknown trouble at the location.  When the police arrived, they noticed blood on the front door and loud music coming from the apartment.   When the police entered the apartment, they found Mr. Ramirez dead in the residence and the four children with stab wounds.  All of the surviving victims were transported to area hospitals.

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled Mr. Ramirez’s death a homicide by means of multiple stab wounds.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “This is a terrible crime.  To break into someone’s home and stab him to death and stab four innocent young children for absolutely no reason is horrific.  Thanks to the Springdale Police Department and numerous other agencies for their hard work on this difficult case. ”