Press Releases

Feb 14 2020

Defendant: Kobie Marquise Stillwell

TEENAGER DRIVING RECKLESSLY INDICTED FOR AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AND VEHICULAR ASSAULT IN CRASH THAT KILLED THREE PEOPLE AND SEVERELY INJURED ANOTHER
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “The tragic deaths of three people and the severe injury to a fourth was the result of this teenager’s excessive speed and reckless driving.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment aga...
Feb 14 2020

Defendant: Edgar Gutierrez Ochoa

MAN INDICTED FOR POSSESSING 2 POUNDS OF HEROIN AND ¼ POUND OF FENTANYL
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stated, “This man was found to be in possession of approximately one kilogram (almost two pounds) of heroin, $14,000 in cash, and at least 120 grams of fentanyl, of which 20 of the grams of fentanyl had been mixed with heroin.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien an...
Feb 13 2020

Defendant: Anthony James Pardon

ANTHONY PARDON FOUND GUILTY IN THE MURDER OF 24 YEAR OLD RACHAEL ANDERSON; DEATH PENALTY PHASE OF TRIAL TO START NEXT WEEK
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that following a thirteen day jury trial, a Franklin County jury has returned a guilty verdict on Anthony James Pardon, age 55, in connection to the January 28 th to January 29 th , 2018 kidnapping, rape, aggravated murder, aggravated robbery ...
Feb 04 2020

Defendant: Jeffrey B. Hall

MAN PLED GUILTY TO UNLICENSED SALE OF SECURITIES AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS FRAUD AND TO TWO COUNTS UNLICENSED SALE OF SECURITIES
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that Jeffrey Hall pled guilty to charges in two cases today. In 18CR-1232, Hall pled to Unlicensed Sale of Securities, a Felony of the third degree and Telecommunications Fraud, a felony of the third degree. In 17CR-4124, Hall p...
Jan 31 2020

Defendant: Vincent Depalma

AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE AND OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE WHILE IMPAIRED BY DRUGS INDICTMENT FILED ON DRIVER WHO CAUSED DEATH OF BICYCLIST IN HILLIARD
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today the indictment of Vincent Depalma on charges of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs.  Depalma, 32, of Dublin, was impaired by a non-prescription designer sedative drug when h...
Jan 17 2020

Defendant: Christopher Alan McCleese II

DRUG IMPAIRED DRIVER INDICTED FOR AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE IN DEATH OF HIS 44 YEAR OLD GIRLFRIEND
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man had a warrant for his arrest for Felonious Assault and had drugs in his system when he fled from police, lost control of his vehicle, and crashed his car into a tree, killing his female passenger.”  Franklin County Prosecu...
Jan 03 2020

Defendant: Abraham McNeal Shears, Tarayle Calloway Glick, and Donte Tarik Slash

2 MEN CONNECTED TO THE MURDER-FOR-HIRE DEATH OF A COLUMBUS CITY SCHOOLS BUS DRIVER INDICTED TODAY; 3RD MAN INVOLVED IN CRIME PLED GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED MURDER YESTERDAY
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “These men plotted and then waited in the early morning hours for this man to come out of his home to go to work, only to viciously stab him to death.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned indictments o...
Nov 19 2019

Defendant: Samuel Lee Edwards, Elbert Louis Joiner, Jr., Lamonte Anthony Rayford, Troy Eugene Whitfield, Shelby Lynn Freeze, Rene Roderick Carter, and Shanteeia Antoniette Harvey

HUMAN TRAFFICKING INDICTMENT FILED ON SIX ADULTS FOR LURING VICTIMS INTO PROSTITUTION
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stated, “The ring-leader of this enterprise and his associates recruited and exploited vulnerable women to work for them as prostitutes in order to personally benefit financially.” Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien and Attorney General Dave Yost ann...
Nov 15 2019

Defendant: Crystal J. Lanier

MURDER INDICTMENT FILED ON WOMAN FOR SHOOTING DEATH OF HER SON’S FATHER
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “The victim had his son at home with him when the boy’s mother stopped to pick the son up.  Following an argument between the two parents, this woman produced a handgun and shot the father numerous times before she and her son left ...
Nov 13 2019

Defendant: Brooke M. Wright

TEACHER/SCHOOL ADMINISTRATOR INDICTED FOR HAVING SEX WITH A 13 YEAR OLD STUDENT
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This teacher and school administrator was engaging in inappropriate sexual acts with a student.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has indicted Brooke M. Wright, age 39, for two counts of Sexual Battery (F...
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