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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Joseph T. Deters, Prosecuting Attorney

“It’s an honor and privilege to serve as the Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney. Our office is dedicated to serving the citizens of Hamilton County. I hope our website is helpful to you in explaining the many duties of the County Prosecutor and by giving you someone to contact if you have questions.”

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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in Metro bus shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Joshua Ervin (DOB 2/15/89) for the August 17th murder of Neko Larkin.  Ervin is charged with 1 count of Murder (Special Felony), 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2) and 1 count of Weapon Under Disability (Felony 3).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison. Larkin was riding home from work at approximately 9:00 p.m. on the North [...]

October 10th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces officer was justified in September 11th officer-involved shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed against the officer in the September 11th officer-involved shooting in Avondale. A plainclothes Cincinnati Police Officer was working undercover in Avondale in an unmarked vehicle at approximately 12:15 p.m. when he saw a man, now known as Vernell S. Jackson (DOB 03/06/1999), pull a gun out of his pocket and move it to his waistband. The undercover officer radioed for a [...]

September 17th, 2019|

Hamilton County Pr0secutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in rape and child pornography case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of William Joseph Bustillos III (DOB 12/4/93) on charges of 3 counts of Rape (Felony 1), 1 count of Gross Sexual Imposition (Felony 3), 2 counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Child (Felony 2) and 1 count of Illegal Use of a Minor in a Nudity Oriented Material (Felony 2).  If convicted of all charges, he faces life in prison without the possibility [...]

September 5th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in murder of Carl Leggett, Jr.

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Terry Stiles (DOB 10-5-85) for the May 18th death of 14-year-old Carl Leggett, Jr.  Stiles is now indicted for 1 count of Murder (Special Felony).  If convicted, he faces the possibility of 15 years-life in prison. Stiles was originally charged with Felonious Assault for assaulting 5-month-old Carl Leggett, Jr. in July 2005.  He pled guilty and was convicted of Felonious Assault (Felony 2).  He [...]

August 29th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces prolific serial killer Samuel Little will be arraigned

MEDIA ADVISORY HAMILTON COUNTY PROSECUTOR JOSEPH T. DETERS ADVISES THAT PURSUANT TO OHIO CRIMINAL RULE 43, PROLIFIC SERIAL KILLER SAMUEL LITTLE WILL BE ARRAIGNED, PLEAD GUILTY AND SENTENCED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019 AT NOON BEFORE JUDGE MELBA MARSH. JUDGE MARSH WILL PRESIDE OVER THIS HEARING LIVE VIA TELECONFERENCE FROM THE HAMILTON COUNTY LAW LIBRARY. ALSO PRESENT AT THIS LOCATION WILL BE PROSECUTOR JOSEPH T. DETERS AND FRANKLIN COUNTY PROSECUTOR RON O’BRIEN REPRESENTING THE STATE [...]

August 21st, 2019|

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A happy weekend for Prosecutor Joe Deters as he became a grandfather this past Friday!

Please welcome Hamilton County’s newest resident: Jonathan “Jack” Deters!

Baby and parents are all healthy and resting at home. Congratulations to the entire Deters family!
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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Joshua Ervin for the August 17th murder of Neko Larkin. Ervin is charged with Murder, Felonious Assault and Weapon Under Disability. If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison.

Larkin was riding home from work at approximately 9:00 p.m. on the North Avondale Metro Bus when Ervin and a still uncharged suspect fired multiple shots at each other that went into the bus in the area of 900 Dana Avenue. Larkin was killed on impact and one other rider was injured. The bus driver immediately drove to the University of Cincinnati Hospital.

The other Metro passenger was not seriously injured.

Hamilton County Assistant Chief Prosecutor Stacey DeGraffenreid commented, “Ervin and another still uncharged suspect were shooting at one another when the Metro bus driver stopped at a bus stop to pick up a passenger. Unfortunately, Larkin, who was coming home from work and had nothing do to with Ervin’s gun fight, was struck and killed.

The death of innocent people in our community due to gunfire is senseless and unacceptable.”
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We would like to give a special thanks to the members of the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office Civil Division who worked alongside the Clerk's Office to recover nearly $700,000 in abandoned funds.

On behalf of the Prosecutor's Office and the citizens of Hamilton County, job well done to Jim Ginocchio, Michael Florez, James Sayre, Jim Barbiere, and Cooper Bowen!
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Part of being the County Prosecutor involves working together with other local elected officials to help make Hamilton County better!

Hamilton County Clerk of Courts Aftab Pureval and Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced on Wednesday that they have collected nearly $700,000 in new revenue by recouping unclaimed funds. These funds were never obtained after court cases ended. Clerk Pureval announced that the Clerk's office identified 1,038 cases with years of no activity and with abandoned funds that were lingering in long-forgotten cases.

Prosecutor Deters commented: “My staff examined the Unclaimed Funds, Open Items and Inactive Cases for the Clerk over the course of the last 18 years. This was a huge undertaking and cleared the way for the collection of these funds. We were pleased to work with the Clerk's Office to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars for Hamilton County. This is the type of good government partnerships that the citizens of Hamilton County deserve."
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