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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 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|

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|

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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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