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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 announces indictment in Metro bus shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Joshua Ervin (DOB 2/15/89) for the August 17th murder of Neko Larkin.  Ervin is charged with 1 count of Murder (Special Felony), 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2) and 1 count of Weapon Under Disability (Felony 3).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison. Larkin was riding home from work at approximately 9:00 p.m. on the North [...]

October 10th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces officer was justified in September 11th officer-involved shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed against the officer in the September 11th officer-involved shooting in Avondale. A plainclothes Cincinnati Police Officer was working undercover in Avondale in an unmarked vehicle at approximately 12:15 p.m. when he saw a man, now known as Vernell S. Jackson (DOB 03/06/1999), pull a gun out of his pocket and move it to his waistband. The undercover officer radioed for a [...]

September 17th, 2019|

Hamilton County Pr0secutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in rape and child pornography case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of William Joseph Bustillos III (DOB 12/4/93) on charges of 3 counts of Rape (Felony 1), 1 count of Gross Sexual Imposition (Felony 3), 2 counts of Pandering Sexually Oriented Matter Involving a Child (Felony 2) and 1 count of Illegal Use of a Minor in a Nudity Oriented Material (Felony 2).  If convicted of all charges, he faces life in prison without the possibility [...]

September 5th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in murder of Carl Leggett, Jr.

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Terry Stiles (DOB 10-5-85) for the May 18th death of 14-year-old Carl Leggett, Jr.  Stiles is now indicted for 1 count of Murder (Special Felony).  If convicted, he faces the possibility of 15 years-life in prison. Stiles was originally charged with Felonious Assault for assaulting 5-month-old Carl Leggett, Jr. in July 2005.  He pled guilty and was convicted of Felonious Assault (Felony 2).  He [...]

August 29th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces prolific serial killer Samuel Little will be arraigned

MEDIA ADVISORY HAMILTON COUNTY PROSECUTOR JOSEPH T. DETERS ADVISES THAT PURSUANT TO OHIO CRIMINAL RULE 43, PROLIFIC SERIAL KILLER SAMUEL LITTLE WILL BE ARRAIGNED, PLEAD GUILTY AND SENTENCED ON FRIDAY, AUGUST 23, 2019 AT NOON BEFORE JUDGE MELBA MARSH. JUDGE MARSH WILL PRESIDE OVER THIS HEARING LIVE VIA TELECONFERENCE FROM THE HAMILTON COUNTY LAW LIBRARY. ALSO PRESENT AT THIS LOCATION WILL BE PROSECUTOR JOSEPH T. DETERS AND FRANKLIN COUNTY PROSECUTOR RON O’BRIEN REPRESENTING THE STATE [...]

August 21st, 2019|

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Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Derrick Owens (DOB 1/21/93) and Shaunice Dickerson (DOB 9/21/93) for the November 29th assault on two Cincinnati Police Officers. Owens is now indicted on 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 1), 2 counts of Robbery (Felony 2) and 2 counts of Assault on a Peace Officer (Felony 4). Dickerson is now indicted of 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 1) and 2 counts of Assault on a Peace Officer (Felony 4). If convicted of all charges, they face in excess of 16 years in prison.

On November 29th at approximately 7:30 a.m., Cincinnati Police Officers Karoline Harris and Cary Jodice responded to a 911 call for an assault by a male known to carry a gun. The officers responded to 2459 Nottingham Road in the Villages of Roll Hills. Upon arrival at the residence, Officer Harris went to the front door and Officer Jodice went to the back door.

Officer Harris had contact with the female 911 caller at the front door. She refused to answer direct questions from Officer Harris about the situation and the location of the people involved in the dispute.

At the rear of the residence, Officer Jodice had contact with Shaunice Dickerson. After Dickerson exited the residence, she struck Officer Jodice multiple times. As Officer Jodice was attempting to arrest her for Assault on a Peace Officer, Derrick Owens came outside and got between the officer and Dickerson. Officer Harris responded to the rear of the residence to aid her partner, when both officers were assaulted by Owens. Both Officers attempted to dry stun Owens, but it had no effect on him. In the assault, Owens took Officer Jodice’s taser and threw it on the ground.

Both officers were injured as a result of this assault. Officer Jodice suffered a concussion. Officer Harris suffered a broken nose and a concussion. She will require future surgery to treat her broken nose.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters commented, “These officers were doing their job when they responded to a request for assistance. They were there to help someone in need and ended up needing medical treatment themselves after being viciously attacked.

We cannot for one moment forget what a dangerous job the police do. We owe them a debt of gratitude every day for cases like this and all of the cases that we do not hear about.

I take assault on a police officer seriously and instruct my assistants to do the same. Our community will not thrive without respect for the police.”
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The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office will be closed today and tomorrow in observance of Thanksgiving.

On behalf of Prosecutor Deters and the entire office, we wish everyone a safe and happy holiday, especially those serving in our military and first responder community (police, fire and EMT) who cannot be home with their families. Thank you for keeping us safe every day!
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This afternoon, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Brian Holmes for the 11/21 murder of 25-year-old Rashad Shahid and the felonious assault of D.W. If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison.

A juvenile co-defendant had an on-going argument with D.W’s sister. The juvenile co-defendant, D.W. and his sister are all Northwest High School students. Holmes and the juvenile co-defendant crossed paths with the victims after school when Holmes produced a handgun and started shooting.

All parties fled the scene. Shortly thereafter, Mr. Shahid was found dead in a car on Waycross Avenue. D.W., who was shot in the arm, was transported by the Colerain Police Department to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for treatment.

Colerain Police found Holmes and the juvenile co-defendant hiding in the backyard of a home on Grant Avenue close to Northwest High School. The police also recovered a .45 caliber gun from that area.

Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Stacey DeGraffenreid commented, “A man is dead over a high school argument. The total disregard for human life is horrifying.”

The juvenile co-defendant’s case is set for pre-trial on December 5th at 9:00 a.m. before Hamilton Court of Common Pleas Judge John Williams.
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DID YOU KNOW: Attorneys from the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office are routinely tasked with being available around the clock, for everything from visiting homicide scenes to consulting with Job & Family Services case workers regarding emergency removals of children from dangerous situations.

Assistant prosecutors are also responsible for covering evening court dockets and weekend court dockets a well.
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The Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office will be closed today in observance of Veterans Day.

Thank you to all who have served and continue to serve our great nation!
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