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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

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Joseph T. Deters, Prosecuting Attorney

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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces the Murder Indictment of Antonio Wilcox

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Antonio Wilcox (DOB 7/15/84) for the murders of Michelle McDonald and Aaliyah McCoy. Wilcox is charged with one count of Aggravated Murder (SF), one count of Murder (SF), one count of Felonious Assault (F2), one count Involuntary Manslaughter (F1), and one count of Having Weapons Under Disability (F3). If convicted on all counts, he faces a maximum possible sentence of life in prison. On [...]

July 23rd, 2021|

Statement from Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters regarding the July 4th incident at Smale Park

“The situation at Smale Park last night is unacceptable. Two teenagers opened fire on each other in the middle of a densely-populated area of our city where our families regularly gather.  Caught in the cross-fire were 3 innocent victims.  At some point, society needs to discuss the true issues at the root of this behavior.  People may foolishly blame the weapon - but the fact of the matter is, for too long now, society has [...]

July 5th, 2021|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces the murder indictment of Leandre Glenn

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the murder indictment of Leandre Glenn (DOB 10/22/99) for the murder of 6-month-old Christopher Walter. Glenn is charged with two counts of Murder (SF), one count of Endangering Children (F2), one count of Carrying Concealed Weapons (F4), and one count of Improperly Handling Firearms in a Motor Vehicle (F4). If convicted on all counts, he faces the maximum possible sentence of life in prison. On June 15, [...]

July 2nd, 2021|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters comments on recent Bond Hearing

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented on the recent bond hearing for Idris Cockrell. On April 28, 2020, Cockrell was charged with one count of Improper Discharge into a Habitation (F2). He was given a bond of $50,000, which was posted on April 30, 2020. On November 21, 2020, while out on bond, Cockrell was arrested for Carrying Concealed Weapons (F4), Improper Handling of Firearms in a Motor Vehicle (F4), and Having Weapons [...]

June 22nd, 2021|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces Murder Indictment against Latonya Austin

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the murder indictment against LaTonya Austin (DOB 5/15/1978) for the death of her 2-year-old granddaughter, Zaila Lee. Austin is now charged with one count of Aggravated Murder (SF), two counts of Murder (SF), two counts of Felonious Assault (F2), one count of Tampering with Evidence (F3), and one count Gross Abuse of a Corpse (F5). If convicted on all charges, Austin faces life in prison. Austin was [...]

June 10th, 2021|

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“I am stunned by the overreaction of Cincinnati Public Schools. Firing the coach, who was not involved in this incident, and cancelling the football season for the entire team is wrong. Their actions affected kids on the team who were not even present.By all accounts, this football coach was a positive influence in these kids’ lives. And being a part of a high school team keeps kids off the street and on the straight and narrow. This coach was providing necessary guidance and rules for these kids, which is needed for boys of this age. Why we would take any of that away from these students is beyond me.”You can read the full press release from today's announcement regarding the August 30th Western Hills University High School locker room incident here: ... See MoreSee Less
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The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office shares its deepest sympathies with the friends and family of Sharonville Police Chief Steve Vanover, who passed away this past weekend.Chief Vanover dedicated his life to bettering his community, and he will be sorely missed. We ask everyone to keep Chief Vanover’s family and fellow officers in their thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ... See MoreSee Less
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“This woman was executed by Wilcox, knowing she was 8 1⁄2 months pregnant. She was treated like garbage and so was the baby.This is pathetic, unacceptable, and obscene.”Read more of Prosecutor Joe Deters’ comments, as well as additional details on today’s indictment of Antonio Wilcox (DOB 7/15/84) for the murders of Michelle McDonald and Aaliyah McCoy, below: ... See MoreSee Less
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