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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 and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announce Indictment in Serial Killer case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien announced the indictment of Samuel Little aka Samuel McDowell (DOB 6/7 /40) for the murders of 2 former Cincinnati residents. In case B-1902543, Little is charged with one count of murder in the October 11, 1981 death of Annie Lee Stewart aka Anna Stewart (DOB 10/17/48). If convicted, he faces 15 years to life in prison. Ohio did not have the death [...]

June 7th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces no charges for woman who shot ex-boyfriend who broke into her home

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed against the woman who shot her ex-boyfriend who broke into her home.  The woman is not being named since she does not face charges. Cincinnati Police responded to a residence in the 2500 block of Ring Place in East Price Hill after receiving a 911 call at approximately 4:30 a.m. today. When the police arrived, they located Dante Ruff suffering from [...]

June 6th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters comments on sentencing for Defendant Ke’von Smith

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented on the sentencing for Ke’von Smith. Smith pled to 1 count of Voluntary Manslaughter (F1), 1 count of Felonious Assault (F1) and 1 count of Having Weapons While Under Disability (F3). On January 18, 2017 Smith and others entered a residence in the 2200 block of Burnet Avenue and shot 39-year-old Hudson “Alex” Thompson and his 9-year-old daughter Alexandrea “Sissy” Thompson. Another minor child was made to [...]

June 5th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters comments on sentencing for defendants See and Stites

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented on the sentencing for convicted rapists Herman See and Angela Stites. See and Stites were convicted for raping their 3 minor female children after a week -long jury trial in front of Judge Patrick Dinkelacker.  See was convicted of 22 counts of Rape, 5 counts of Sexual Battery and 2 counts of Unlawful Sexual Conduct with a Minor and one count of Gross Sexual Imposition.  Stites was [...]

March 25th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces no charges in collision that killed Colerain Police Officer Dale Woods

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges will be filed in connection with the January 4th traffic collision that killed Colerain Police Officer Dale Woods. On January 4th at approximately 11:00 p.m., Woods was moving traffic cones at the scene of a crash in the 7600 block of Colerain Avenue. Woods, who was wearing a reflective vest, was struck and killed. There was no evidence that speed or impairment caused the [...]

February 15th, 2019|

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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters Comments on Sentencing for Defendant Ke’von Smith

Smith pled to 1 count of Voluntary Manslaughter (F1), 1 count of Felonious Assault (F1) and 1 count of Having Weapons While Under Disability (F3).

On January 18, 2017 Smith and others entered a residence in the 2200 block of Burnet Avenue and shot 39-year-old Hudson “Alex” Thompson and his 9-year-old daughter Alexandrea “Sissy” Thompson. Another minor child was made to stay on the first floor of the home and threatened with death if they screamed.

Mr. Thompson survived his injuries but Alexandrea died as a result of her wound. The Hamilton County Coroner’s Office ruled her death a homicide as a result of a gunshot wound to the back, perforating her heart.

Today, Judge Sylvia Hendon sentenced Smith to 18 years in prison. Smith is also required to register as a violent offender for life.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “I want to thank my assistants who handled this case, Dave Prem and David McIlwain. It is tragic that a little girl lost her life due to senseless violence.”
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Today, Deonte Baber, 27, was sentenced to 18 years to life after a jury convicted Baber of two counts of murder with gun specifications, for shooting and killing Jamie Urton in 2017.

The fatal shooting happened on Kenton Street in Walnut Hills after Mr. Urton accidentally hit a 4-year-old boy with his car.

Jamall Killings, 27, the father of the boy struck by the car, also is charged with murder. His trial is not scheduled. He was a one of two witnesses during the trial who identified Baber as the shooter.

Assistant Prosecutors Mike Peck and Ryan Nelson tried the case.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “I want to congratulate my Assistant Prosecutors Mike Peck and Ryan Nelson for a job well done.

This was a sad case. The victim, Mr. Urton, was killed after unintentionally striking a child who ran in front of his car. Unfortunately, Baber decided to act as judge, jury, and executioner when he shot and killed Mr. Urton.”
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