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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 death penalty indictment against spree killer Alto Miles

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced a death penalty indictment against Alto Miles (DOB 8/30/77).  Miles is now charged with 4 counts of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony with death penalty specifications and 4 ½ year gun specifications) and 2 counts of Weapon Under Disability (Felony 3).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of the death penalty. On or about April 8th – 10th, Alto Miles shot and killed Tasia Mason [...]

May 29th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces death penalty indictment of Terry Blankenship for murder of Springdale Police Officer Kaia Grant

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the 10 count indictment of Terry Blankenship (DOB 12/13/77).  Blankenship is now charged with 1 count of Aggravated Burglary (ORC Section 2911.11 (A) (2) Felony 1 with a 3 year gun specification), and 1 count of Felonious Assault (ORC Section 2903.11 (A) (2) Felony 2 with a 3 year gun specification) for incidents that occurred on March 19th in Clinton County, Ohio. The remaining 8 counts are [...]

May 27th, 2020|

Judge Ralph Winkler offers the use of his courtroom to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters to resume grand jury hearings

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters is pleased to announce an agreement with Hamilton County Probate 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 [...]

May 15th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters comments on FOP press conference

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, "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 [...]

May 14th, 2020|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces 10% reduction in his budget in response to County budget crisis

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that he is cutting 10% of his office budget in response to the county budget crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The budget reduction is a combination of furloughs and pay cuts.  Some staff members are furloughed for 2 weeks and others are furloughed for 3 months.  For those employees whose job responsibilities do not allow for furloughs, they will take a pay cut.  Mr. Deters will [...]

April 23rd, 2020|

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"Our criminal justice system relies on help from the community. Without citizens willing to come down and participate in the system, we would not be able to do the important work we do every day to help victims of crime"

Read Prosecutor Joseph Deters' full comments thanking the members of the public who have performed the important public duty of serving as Grand Jurors:
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"If you are a victim of crime, rest assured that your case has not been forgotten."

You can read the latest statement from Prosecutor Joe Deters, regarding the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office ongoing commitment to keeping victims of crime informed about the status of cases as we navigate the coronavirus outbreak together, here:
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Last week, Assistant Hamilton County Prosecutor Judith Lapp appeared remotely, on behalf of the State of Ohio, before the Ohio Supreme Court on the matter of State v. Bowers, a case involving a violent sexual assault and a child victim of the offense.

Ms. Lapp's outstanding work will hopefully result in the perpetrator of this heinous crime remaining incarcerated.

The work of the Prosecutor's Office doesn't end with a guilty verdict. On behalf of the citizens of Hamilton County, great work Judi!
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Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced indictments of 14 individuals in cases that occurred during the recent riots in Cincinnati from May 30th – June 3rd 2020.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “Today, the Hamilton County Grand Jury indicted 14 defendants in 12 different incidents that occurred during the recent protests on May 30th - June 3th. These people, almost 1/4 of whom are not even from Hamilton County, took advantage of what was basically a peaceful protest and put our community and our residents in danger.

As your prosecutor, I will not put up with that.

The City of Cincinnati handles misdemeanor violations which occur in the city - - curfews, etc. We prosecute felonies that occur in the city which is why my office is handling these cases.

I will defend a person’s right to peacefully protest and always will. But, when individuals use that occasion to loot, attack our police and their equipment, and damage private and public property - - I am done with them.

The charges today will not be reduced. They will not be dismissed. And that will apply as long as I am your prosecutor.”
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