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Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters responded to recent reporting on the case of death row inmate, Elwood Jones. In 1996, Elwood Jones was convicted of the aggravated murder of Rhoda Nathan at the Embassy Suites in Blue Ash. Jones was an employee at the Embassy Suites where Ms. Nathan was staying with friends to attend a bar mitzvah. When her friends left the hotel room for breakfast, Ms. Nathan took a shower. When [...]
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced two separate indictments of Shawn Carter (DOB 5/6/74) for the murder of Andre Dockery and rape of A.W. On August 25, 2022, Carter was indicted for two counts of Murder (SF), two counts of Felonious Assault (F2), and Tampering with Evidence (F3). Today, Carter was indicted for four counts of Rape (F1), two counts of Kidnapping (F2), and one count of Having Weapons while Under Disability (F3). [...]
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Taahviya Chapman (DOB 06/24/98) for one count of Aggravated Murder (SF), two counts of Murder (SF), two counts of Felonious Assault (F2), one count of Attempt Murder (Fl), and one count of Endangering Children (M1). If convicted on all charges, Chapman faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison. On August 31, 2022, Chapman drove her car into Christopher Griffith and Jawon Khalid [...]
“If you think you can do this in Cincinnati, you’ve got the wrong city – and I can assure you, you have the wrong prosecutor.” Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of two suspects relating to the shootings that occurred on August 7, 2022 on Main Street in Over the Rhine. Diablo McCoats (DOB 1/23/93) was indicted for 16 counts of Felonious Assault (F2) and 1 count of Having Weapons While [...]
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office will appeal a recent decision by Judge Kari Bloom to release a juvenile offender from the Department of Youth Services. On September 24, 2018, J.H. entered into a plea agreement with the State of Ohio relating to a 2018 crime-spree that spanned multiple jurisdictions. J.H. was charged with 5 counts of Burglary (F2), 3 counts of Theft of a Motor Vehicle [...]
Elwood Jones was convicted over 25 years ago for the brutal murder of Rhoda Nathan in the Blue Ash Embassy Suites. Jones has lost every appeal. Now he has asked Judge Wende Cross to grant him a new trial anyway.
The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office strongly opposes his request. Watch the full video here to learn the truth about Elwood Jones.
"Both of these crimes, on their own. are some of the most heinous facts I have seen. To stab another human that many times is vicious. But to then go on in the same night and violently rape and kidnap a woman is inexplicable."
You can read more facts on today's indictment of Shawn Carter (DOB 5/6/74) for the murder of Andre Dockery and rape of A.W. as well as additional comments from Prosecutor Joe Deters below: ... See MoreSee Less
WATCH: This video, released to the public today, depicts the incident at the Spring Grove Village Kroger that gave rise to today's indictment against Taahviya Chapman (DOB 06/24/98) for multiple charges including Aggravated Murder.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters commented, "What this woman did is sickening. Her total disregard for human life is stunning.
This woman didn't care about the lives she put in danger - including her own 8-month-old child. That level of selfishness is impossible to understand, but we will do everything in our power to ensure she spends the rest of her life in prison. ... See MoreSee Less