Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictments of four adults, and the charges of one juvenile for a series of connected murders. Carl Godfrey (DOB 2/22/00) has been indicted for 4 counts of Aggravated Murder, 7 counts of Murder, 10 counts of Felonious Assault, 1 count of Aggravated Robbery, and 3 counts of Weapons Under Disability. Jason Gray (DOB 6/6/02) has been indicted for 3 counts of Aggravated Murder, 5 counts of Murder, 8 counts of Felonious Assault, 1 count of Aggravated Robbery, and 2 counts of Weapons Under Disability. Mario Gordon (DOB 9/5/90) has been indicted for 1 count Aggravated Murder, 2 counts of Murder, 6 counts of Felonious Assault, and 1 count of Weapons Under Disability. Conn Inabnitt (DOB 8/13/71) has been indicted on 1 count of Aggravated Murder, 2 counts of Murder, and 6 counts of Felonious Assault. The juvenile, M.T., (DOB 8/28/06) has been charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder, 6 counts of Murder, 3 counts of Attempted Murder, and 6 counts of Felonious Assault. M.T.’s cases are currently in Juvenile Court, pending bindover to adult court, and are set for pretrial on April 20, 2021 at 9:00 am. If convicted on all charges, each defendant faces life in prison.
Godfrey was hired by an unindicted individual to murder Jeremiah Campbell. On January 31, 2021, Godfrey and Gray arrived at a home in Avondale where the victim was staying. Godfrey and Gray shot the victim, resulting in his death.
On February 1, 2021, M.T. set up to meet two individuals on Facebook. When M.T. arrived at the location in Fairmount, M.T. fired multiple shots into the victim’s vehicle, killing Terrance North, and wounding the other occupant.
Godfrey was hired by an unindicted individual to murder a specified target. On February 16, 2021, Godfrey sent Gray, Gordon, and M.T. to kill the intended target. The suspects were driven to the location of the homicide in Westwood by Conn Inabnitt. When the intended target arrived, he was in a vehicle with two other individuals, Deontray Otis an a female individual. Gray, Gordon, and M.T. fired several shots into the vehicle. All three individuals in the car were struck. Deontray Otis died on scene. Otis was not the intended target. The other two individuals were badly injured, but survived.
On February 18, 2021, in retaliation for another incident, Godfrey and M.T. armed themselves and entered Millvale. They encountered Donnell Steele. Donnell Steele was shot and killed. It is believed that Donnell Steele was not specifically targeted by the suspects.
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “Countless hours of police work went into solving these cases, and we all should be thankful for the amazing police department we have here in Cincinnati. Cincinnati is safer today because of the hard work of the Cincinnati Homicide Unit.
The violence perpetrated by and on young men in our city is out of control. And we must get a handle on it quickly to stop the cycle of trauma and victimization. Our communities cannot thrive if there are people in them causing this kind of chaos.
The callousness and disregard for the value of these victim’s lives is sad and, frankly, something that should concern all of us.
We are asking anyone with any information on these crimes – or any other crimes you may believe are associated with these individuals – to contact the Cincinnati Homicide Unit at 513-352-3542.”
Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac commented, “This group has caused irreparable harm to our community and impacted several families forever through these horrific crimes. I am grateful for the tremendous investigative effort from our Homicide Unit and the collaboration with Prosecutor Deters to hold all of these individuals accountable.
I hope the citizens of Cincinnati recognize the Cincinnati Police Department’s efforts to help keep them safe and know that our streets are safer with these individuals in custody and under indictment.”