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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 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|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment of Geoffrey D. Drew

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Geoffrey D. Drew. Drew is now indicted on 9 counts of Rape (Aggravated Felony 1) for a period ranging from 1988-1991. Drew is charged with raping a male elementary school student while Drew was employed at St. Jude School as the Music Minister. Drew was not a priest at the time as he was ordained in 2004. The incidents took place in Drew’s office [...]

August 19th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters clears Sharonville Officer in August 13th shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that the police officer involved in the August 13th Sharonville shooting was justified in his actions and no charges would be filed against him. Sharonville Police were dispatched to Sonesta ES Suites at 2670 E. Kemper Road at approximately 12:30 a.m. on the 13th.  Sharonville Police received a call detailing a man holding his adult daughter hostage at that location.  The caller reported that the man was [...]

August 14th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters clears officers in July 31st officer-involved shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges will be filed against the officers in the July 31st officer- involved shooting on Geyer Woods Lane in Westwood. On July 31st at approximately 10:30 a.m. Robert Schneider (DOB 10/21/72) robbed the Marathon Station located at 6050 Cheviot Road at gunpoint.  A car chase ensued with numerous police agencies, including the Hamilton County Sheriff’s department helicopter, attempting to stop Schneider’s vehicle.   Schneider eventually stopped [...]

August 9th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment of Devonta Allen

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Devonta Allen (DOB 2/9/01) for the July 25th shooting on Tyne Avenue in Kennedy Heights. Allen is now indicted on 4 counts of Attempted Murder (Felony 1), 4 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2) and 3 counts of Ethnic Intimidation (Felony 5). If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of over 60 years in prison. On July 25th at approximately 11:00 a.m. [...]

August 6th, 2019|

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Today, Prosecutor Joe Deters participated in the 100th Anniversary Celebration and Re-Dedication of the Hamilton County Courthouse. He offered brief remarks and had the honor of introducing the special guest speaker, Governor Mike DeWine.

Prosecutor Deters commented: “It was a fantastic event that celebrated our great judicial history. I want to thank Judge Melba Marsh in particular for all her great work putting it together.”
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Prosecutor Joe Deters was honored to welcome Lt. Tom Fallon, Commander of the Hamilton County Heroin Task Force, and Chief Christopher Campbell from the Golf Manor Police Department on behalf of the Hamilton County Association of Chiefs of Police.

They presented Prosecutor Deters with a token of appreciation for the hard work done by the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office in promoting the goals of the Heroin Task Force and the work done by the Chiefs of Police, both in the courtroom and out in our community.

Prosecutor Deters commented: “I am proud of the strong relationship our office has with local law enforcement. We will continue to move for heroin addicts get help and to put heroin dealers behind bars.”
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Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no criminal charges would be filed in the possible extortion of former Bengal Chinedum Ndukwe.

On August 24, 2019 an allegation of sexual assault was reported to the Cincinnati Police Department by a former female employee of Chinedum Ndukwe.

On September 3rd Mr. Ndukewe received a letter from attorneys in Atlanta and Cincinnati demanding a payment of $10 million to resolve all differences between himself and his former employee. In a subsequent telephone conversation, the attorneys indicated that if the payment of $10 million was made, their client would not pursue criminal charges. In the call, the attorneys said, “Well, the way it works…is I tell my NFL guys and my NBA guys if the so-called victim doesn’t cooperate, it makes the job virtually impossible for the police to proceed.” The attorneys for the former employee also pressured Mr. Ndukwe to settle saying, “Once we get cops involved and once the media gets involved to start this, you know, the numbers are going to jump, because now she’s got more stress and she’s got more pain.”

Mr. Ndukwe, through his attorneys, immediately contacted the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office to report the allegation made against him and the conduct of the complainant’s attorneys.

After a full investigation, the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office determined that no charges would be brought against Mr. Ndukwe by our office. However, the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office will forward a complaint to both the Supreme Courts of Ohio and Georgia concerning the conduct of the attorneys.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “This is a serious matter. Accusing someone of a crime and demanding an outrageous amount of money to forego prosecuting the crime is not something I take lightly.

We will report these matters to the Georgia and Ohio Supreme Courts for their review and determination regarding ethical violations and possible attorney discipline.”
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A happy weekend for Prosecutor Joe Deters as he became a grandfather this past Friday!

Please welcome Hamilton County’s newest resident: Jonathan “Jack” Deters!

Baby and parents are all healthy and resting at home. Congratulations to the entire Deters family!
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Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Joshua Ervin for the August 17th murder of Neko Larkin. Ervin is charged with Murder, Felonious Assault and Weapon Under Disability. 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 Avondale Metro Bus when Ervin and a still uncharged suspect fired multiple shots at each other that went into the bus in the area of 900 Dana Avenue. Larkin was killed on impact and one other rider was injured. The bus driver immediately drove to the University of Cincinnati Hospital.

The other Metro passenger was not seriously injured.

Hamilton County Assistant Chief Prosecutor Stacey DeGraffenreid commented, “Ervin and another still uncharged suspect were shooting at one another when the Metro bus driver stopped at a bus stop to pick up a passenger. Unfortunately, Larkin, who was coming home from work and had nothing do to with Ervin’s gun fight, was struck and killed.

The death of innocent people in our community due to gunfire is senseless and unacceptable.”
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