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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 no charges for officers in July 16th officer involved shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed against the officers in the July 16th officer involved shooting at 327 Crestline Avenue. On July 16th at approximately 3:30 p.m. the police received two 911 calls to respond to 327 Crestline Avenue regarding a woman with a knife.  The callers described a woman with a knife threatening harm to herself and the occupants of 327 Crestline. District 3 Cincinnati Police [...]

July 17th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters comments on former Judge Tracie Hunter

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters issued the following statement on the matter of former Judge Tracie Hunter: “My office provides legal representation for the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas judges.  When allegations of potential criminal conduct arose against former Judge Tracie Hunter, I realized that I had a conflict and requested the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas appoint other lawyers to review the allegations against her and decide if criminal charges [...]

July 16th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces no charges for officers in July 4th officer involved shooting

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced that no charges would be filed against the officers in the July 4th officer involved shooting in Bramble Park. On July 4th at approximately 10:21 a.m. the police received a 911 call to respond to Bramble Park located at 6395 Bramble Avenue regarding a man with a knife.  The caller described the man as a male black wearing an orange shirt and khaki pants.  The caller said [...]

July 7th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in theft and money laundering case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Vernon Johnson (DOB 9/14/92); DeMarlo Harris (DOB 11/10/89); DeShay Melton (DOB 8/26/93); Shammon Richard (DOB 7/30/97); and Karen Smith (DOB 1/5/92) on charges involving the theft of over $1 million dollars from Fifth Third Bank. Johnson is charged with 1 count of Theft (Felony 2), 1 count of Telecommunications Fraud (Felony 1), 1 count of Forgery (Felony 3), 2 counts of Money Laundering (Felony [...]

June 28th, 2019|

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announce Indictment in Serial Killer case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters and Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien announced the indictment of Samuel Little aka Samuel McDowell (DOB 6/7 /40) for the murders of 2 former Cincinnati residents. In case B-1902543, Little is charged with one count of murder in the October 11, 1981 death of Annie Lee Stewart aka Anna Stewart (DOB 10/17/48). If convicted, he faces 15 years to life in prison. Ohio did not have the death [...]

June 7th, 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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