“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.”
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, "To keep our staff and the public we deal with healthy, we will be operating with reduced staff for the next 30 days. We will comply with all court orders and handle all cases before the various courts in which we appear. We will maintain a receptionist at our main number 946-3000 during normal business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Julie Wilson, Chief Assistant Prosecutor [...]
“Amazing police work solves cold case.” Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Kentucky resident William Brian Blankenship (DOB 8-16-64). Blankenship is now indicted on 3 counts of burglary (felony 2), 4 counts of rape (felony 1), 2 counts of kidnapping (felony 1) and 2 counts of gross sexual imposition (felony 3/felony 4). If convicted of all charges, he faces life in prison. All three offenses occurred in the Mt. Washington/Anderson [...]
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Lamont Baldwin (DOB 6/30/65) for 11 counts of Gross Sexual Imposition (Felony 3) and 1 count of Gross Sexual Imposition (Felony 4). If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of over 50 years in prison. Baldwin was employed as a security monitor for the Princeton School District and assigned to the middle and high school from April 15, 1996 until termination on [...]
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Liscia Willis (DOB 7/21/70) for the murder of her father, retired Cincinnati Police Officer, James Lee (“Skip”) Dunlap. Willis is now charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Murder (Special Felony) and 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3). If convicted of all charges, she faces the possibility of life in prison without parole. The Forest Park Police [...]
Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the referral of a State of Ohio Auditor report to a special prosecutor. The report from the State Auditor concludes: POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS This investigative summary focuses on potential criminal violations by five individual members of the City of Cincinnati Council - - ALEXANDER PAUL GEORGE (“P.G.”) SITTENFIELD, CHRISTOPHER (“CHRIS”) SEELBACH, GREG LANDSMAN, TAMAYA DENNARD, and WENDELL YOUNG - -specifically, Dereliction of Duty, although the conduct described may [...]
ICYMI: This week, accused serial rapist Stoney Brown was formally arraigned and given a $4 million bond.
In 2008, with the perpetrator still unknown and the statute of limitations about to expire, the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office indicted these cases with "John Doe" as the named defendant.
At the time, Prosecutor Joe Deters stated: "Although some time has past since he committed these crimes, we remain committed to finding this individual to make sure that he does not terrorize anyone else."
This year, thanks to advances in science and the ability to use ancestry DNA sites, Cincinnati Police were finally able to give "John Doe" a name.
GRAND JURY UPDATE: Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters is pleased to announce an agreement with Hamilton County Probate Court, Judge Ralph Winkler for the use of his courtroom to restart the process of seating two grand juries.
The grand jury selection process is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 18TH. A minimum of 26 people are needed to seat both grand juries. The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office does not have the space to socially distance two grand juries and to follow Governor DeWine’s orders so they reached out to Judge Winkler to use his courtroom. Using Judge Winkler’s courtroom allows both grand juries to be in the William Howard Taft Law Center at 230 E. Ninth Street with one grand jury in a space specially redone to allow for social distancing in the Prosecutor’s Office and the other in Judge Winkler’s courtroom.
“My Courtroom “A” provides a large, safe and secure environment for Prosecutor Joe Deters office to seat grand juries. The size of my courtroom provides the opportunity to safely enforce social distancing and crisis guidelines that will help protect and provide peace of mind for everyone. This move is cost-effective for the prosecutor’s office as well as my court and provides transparency to the residents of Hamilton County and ensures justice will not be delayed or denied.” - Judge Ralph Winkler
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “I want to thank Judge Winkler for the use of his courtroom. This allows us to have both grand juries in the same building which will make it convenient for the grand jurors, staff and witnesses. ... See MoreSee Less
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters issued the following statement today in response to the press conference held by the Cincinnati Police Department:
"I understand and share in the FOP's concern and frustration with violent offenders being released on low bonds. Those in the community who advocate for the release of violent repeat offenders are just plain wrong. Violent repeat offenders will continue to re-offend and wreak havoc in our community.
I am fine with low level non-violent offenders being released on low bonds. However, I instruct my assistants to ask for high bonds for those defendants charged with a serious crime, who have a prior record and who have weapons or prior weapons charges. This type of defendant needs to be locked up and we have room at the Justice Center to accommodate them." ... See MoreSee Less