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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 no charges in Elmwood Place officer involved shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed against the officer involved in the October 20th Elmwood Place Police officer involved shooting. On October 20th at approximately 1:30 p.m. Elmwood Place Police Officer Nicholas Arn, working in uniform and in a marked police vehicle, stopped a green Dodge pickup truck driven by Rodney Arnez Barnes.  Officer Arn initiated a traffic stop, for a non-valid driver of the vehicle, at [...]

October 28th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment of Christopher Muldrow

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Christopher Muldrow (DOB 12-13-89) for 2 counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor (Felony 2) and 13 counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Minor (Felony 4).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of over 35 years in prison and registration as a Tier II sex offender. Muldrow is accused of soliciting teenage girls for sexually explicit material.  [...]

October 16th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces murder indictment in cold case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Darris DeVaughn (DOB 3-20-90) and Christopher Whitt (DOB 12-26-85) for the June 7, 2007 murder of John Harris. DeVaughn and Whitt are now charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Murder (Special Felony) and 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1). If convicted of all charges, they face the possibility of life in prison without parole. On June 7, [...]

October 9th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in rape case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Mark Hammonds (DOB 12-2-69), Darrell Hammons (DOB 8-7-71) and Andre Miller (DOB 10-22-70).  Mark Hammonds is charged with 4 counts of Rape (Felony 1) and 4 Counts of Gross Sexual Imposition (Felony 3).  Darrell Hammonds is charged with 5 counts of Rape (Felony 1) and 2 counts of Gross Sexual Imposition (Felony 3).  Andre Miller is charged with 2 counts of Rape (Felony 1).  [...]

October 7th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters comments on verdict in case of Curtis Scott B 1904164

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented on the verdict in the case of Curtis Scott. Scott was indicted for 1 count of Kidnapping with Specifications (Felony 1), 1 count of Abduction (Felony 3), 1 count of Felonious Assault with Specifications (Felony 2), 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 2) and 1 count of Having Weapons While Under Disability (Felony 3) in case  No.B 1904164. Video footage from the victim’s apartment building showed Scott [...]

October 1st, 2020|

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“This young officer initiated what he had every reason to believe would be a routine traffic stop. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

Barnes had a long record and did not want to go back to prison. Knowing that the officer would arrest him, Barnes tried to kill the officer. Fortunately, Barnes’ shot missed and the officer was not injured. The officer took quick action to save his own life and, most likely, saved the lives of other innocent people.

We must never underestimate the danger that the police face every day with every interaction. Every officer wants to do their job to the best of their ability to keep their community safe but they also want to make it home to their family.”

Read the full release from the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office today announcing that no charges will be filed in the October 20th officer involved shooting that occurred in Elmwood Place:
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Today the Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters will conduct a virtual press conference using Zoom to discuss the Elmwood Police Officer Involved Shooting. ... See MoreSee Less

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"We are concerned that there may be more victims of Muldrow who have not come forward. We urge anyone with information about this case to contact the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office Regional Electronics and Computer Investigation Section at 513-352-3673."

Read more about today's indictment of Christopher Muldrow for multiple counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Material Involving a Minor as well as additional comments from Prosecutor Joe Deters:
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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Every night during the month of October, Prosecutor Joe Deters will be joining Marsy's Law for Ohio and the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center's "Purple Lights at Home" campaign by lighting his office (on the 8th Floor of 230 E. 9th Street) purple.

Prosecutor Joe Deters commented: "I have fought for victims my entire career, and I am proud to have been an early supporter of Marsy's Law and the Victim's Bill of Rights. Earlier this year, we launched a unit within the office dedicated to prosecuting crimes of violence against women, children and domestic partners. As long as I am prosecutor, we will continue to seek justice for victims and fight back against the scourge of domestic violence."
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"I commend the Cincinnati Police Department for their hard work and dedication to this case.

Although the crime happened in 2007, the police never forgot about Mr. Harris’s murder and continued to work hard to solve the case. Thanks to improvements in technology, CPD was able to develop a lead that resulted in the indictment today of these 2 defendants."

See the attached release for additional details and comments from Prosecutor Joe Deters on the indictments from this past Friday of Darris DeVaughn and Christopher Whitt for the 2007 murder of John Harris:
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