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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office

Joseph T. Deters, Prosecuting Attorney

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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters Announces The Aggravated Murder Indictment Of Lonnell Anderson For The Death Of Derek Smith

“I urge the public to pay attention to what is occurring in their courthouse.” Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Lonnell Anderson (DOB 9/12/72) for the murder of Derek Smith. Anderson is charged with one count of Aggravated Murder (SF), one count of Murder (SF), and one count of Having Weapons While Under Disability (F3). If convicted on all counts, he faces the maximum possible sentence of life in prison. [...]

October 20th, 2021|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters Comments On The Investigation Into Cincinnati Police Officer Christopher Schroder

Regarding the investigation into Cincinnati Police Officer Christopher Schroder, Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented: “My office is aware of the investigation into Cincinnati Police Personal Crimes Unit Officer Christopher Schroder, for dereliction of duty relating to sexual assault investigations. These allegations are incredibly disturbing. We are working closely with our partners in the Cincinnati Police Department to determine the extent to which these allegations have effected investigations. Our highest priorities are our victims of crime. [...]

October 13th, 2021|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters Issues Statement On Planned Highway Protest

Regarding the “Patriot Shutdown” protests planned for September 27, 2021, Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented: “My office has learned there are plans to shut down the highways, nationwide, on Monday to protest vaccine mandates. I want to be perfectly clear. Anyone who attempts to shut down the highways in Hamilton County will be removed from their vehicles, charged with felony Disrupting Public Services, and they will go to jail. To those who claim to be [...]

September 25th, 2021|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters Announces No Charges In Shooting Death Of Cierra Allen

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed in the September 11, 2021 shooting death of Cierra Allen. On Saturday, September 11, 2021, Ms. Allen and the shooter were involved in a physical altercation at a Youth Football event. When the physical altercation ended, the shooter left the scene and returned to the shooter’s home. Several hours later, Ms. Allen was on the shooter’s doorstep banging on the door. [...]

September 21st, 2021|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters Announces No Charges Likely To Be Filed In Western Hills High School Locker Room Incident

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced it is highly unlikely charges will be filed in the locker room incident at Western Hills University High School. We committed to the mother of the student not to finalize the decision until Friday of this week. On August 30, while inside the locker room, members of the Western Hills football team grabbed another teammate and pulled his pants down. Shortly after, this short video of the [...]

September 15th, 2021|

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Every week we will be highlighting some of the most noteworthy cases being heard in Hamilton County courtrooms.We hope you will check back frequently and stay informed about the happenings in our local criminal justice system! ... See MoreSee Less
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"Violent criminals, especially felons in possession of firearms, are a serious danger to this community. People should not have to live in fear of coming upon a defendant who should have never been released from jail in the first place."Read more of Prosecutor Joe Deters' comments and additional facts on today's indictment of Lonnell Anderson (who was under indictment for Having Weapons Under Disability and on the street after posting a $4,000 bond at 10%) for the murder of Derek Smith here: ... See MoreSee Less
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“I am stunned by the overreaction of Cincinnati Public Schools. Firing the coach, who was not involved in this incident, and cancelling the football season for the entire team is wrong. Their actions affected kids on the team who were not even present.By all accounts, this football coach was a positive influence in these kids’ lives. And being a part of a high school team keeps kids off the street and on the straight and narrow. This coach was providing necessary guidance and rules for these kids, which is needed for boys of this age. Why we would take any of that away from these students is beyond me.”You can read the full press release from today's announcement regarding the August 30th Western Hills University High School locker room incident here: ... See MoreSee Less
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