Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Michael Madaris (DOB 11/25/05).
Madaris was indicted for 6 counts of Murder (SF), 5 counts of Felonious Assault (F2), 3 counts of Kidnapping (F1), two counts of Abduction (F3), one count of Burglary (F2), one count of Tampering with Evidence (F3), one count of Carrying Concealed Weapons (F4), and one count of Obstruction of Official Business (M2). If convicted on all charges, Madaris faces the maximum possible sentence of life in prison.
On April 3, 2021, Madaris forced entry into a home in Millvale and took property from the victim.
On September 7, 2021, Madaris and other juvenile suspects approached the victim on the street and forced him into a residence. Once inside the residence, Madaris and the other suspects pointed guns at the victim and forced him to dance and remove his clothing.
On September 27, 2021, Madaris and an unknown accomplice parked their vehicle in an Avondale parking lot. When Madaris and co-defendant saw the victim, Avante Baker Beatty, they both opened fire and struck the victim multiple times. 11 shell casings were recovered from the scene.
On October 12, 2021, Yarsellay Sammie was standing on a sidewalk in Evanston when Madaris stood out of the sunroof of a moving vehicle and fired multiple shots. Sammie was struck and killed. 14 shell casings were recovered from the scene.
On October 13, 2021, Javier Randolph was standing on a sidewalk in Evanston when Madaris again stood out of the sunroof of a moving vehicle and fired multiple shots.
Randolph attempted to flee the scene, when Madaris and another suspect exited the vehicle, chased Randolph into a backyard, and shot Randolph multiple times, killing him. 19 shell casings were recovered from the scene.
On December 20, 2021, Cincinnati Police Officers attempted to stop Madaris when he fled on foot and threw a firearm in an attempt to conceal the firearm from law enforcement.
It is believed that the three homicide victims were targeted by Madaris because they were potentially identified as rival gang members.
Madaris was 15 years old at the time of the offenses. He was charged in Hamilton County Juvenile Court. The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office filed a motion asking the court to allow the State to try Madaris as an adult.
On October 11, 2022, Judge Melissa Powers granted the State’s motion.
Madaris is currently being held at the Hamilton County Youth Detention Center on $8 million bail.
Today, Madaris was indicted by a Hamilton County Grand Jury.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters commented, “The fact that 15-year-olds are running around this city executing others is hard to believe.
This type of violent criminal is not fixable. And this office will do everything in our power to ensure this guy never gets out.”