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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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For National Doctor’s Day, Prosecutor Joe Deters took a minute to check in with his son, Dr. Joey Deters, who is helping lead the COVID-19 ICU for Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL.

We honor all in our medical profession today, from the family GPs that keep us healthy to the doctors, nurses and health care workers on the front lines of this epidemic battling the Coronavirus. Thank you for your hard work and dedication!
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A note from Prosecutor Joe Deters about the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak:

Friends,

I hope everyone is staying healthy. The safest way we can do that is by complying with the Governor's orders - Governor DeWine has been a national leader on this issue and has provided us with a roadmap to help minimize the spread of this dangerous virus.

At the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office, we are taking our own steps to help mitigate the spread of the virus as well:

• We are working remotely to the greatest extent possible, while making sure important work continues. We have embraced new technologies and new, smarter methods of working to allow our attorneys and administrative professionals to accomplish many tasks away from the office.

• We are continuing to cover all of our important cases. Our Grand Jury continues to run daily with new measures in place to embrace social distancing. In all other matters we are required to be present, be it a bond review or an emergency hearing to find safe placement for an at-risk child, we are finding ways to do so safely and securely.

• We are working with the Sheriff to keep inmate numbers under control by agreeing to OR (own recognizance) bonds for non-violent offenders. We are also fighting to keep truly dangerous criminals behind bars and not out in our community during this time of crisis.

Simply put, there is nothing more important than stopping the coronavirus. I am in close contact with county officials at all times to keep our staff - and the public we serve – safe and healthy. If everyone can do their part to stop the spread, we can all return back to life as we knew it as soon as possible.

The situation is evolving in real time so we will keep you updated about any changes to our office procedures.

If you have any questions about a pending case, please contact your prosecutor or victim advocate or call our main number 513-946-3000 during normal business hours Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Thanks for all you do and for your commitment to helping stop the spread of this virus.

As we navigate these challenging times, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please stay healthy.

Joe
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The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office was devastated to learn about the passing of Springdale Police Officer Kaia Grant last night.

The thoughts and prayers of our entire office are with Officer Grant’s family, her friends and her fellow officers in the Springdale Police Department.
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Last night, Prosecutor Joe Deters made the following statement on Twitter, following conversations with Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost:

"In the unprecedented situation we find ourselves, there is no room for scamming or price gouging.

I have spoken to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and we have agreed that any such offenses identified by the AG’s Consumer Protection Division will be referred to my office for prosecution.

If you have information about scams, price gouging or people trying to take advantage of others, please call my office at 513-946-3000 or call the AG’s Consumer Protection Division at 800-282-0515.

We *will* prosecute anyone found to be doing this to the fullest extent of the law."
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COVID-19 Update: The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office remains open for business during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Although we are allowing most employees to work remotely, all Assistant Prosecutors and support staff continue to monitor e-mail, phone messages and court correspondence regarding ongoing cases. Court rooms remain staffed for all emergency proceedings, and our Grand Jury continues to operate daily.

We are committed to keeping our justice system operating while also maintaining a safe environment for everyone.
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