Press Releases

Sep 27 2019

Defendant: Terrell Jeron Richards

SOUTH SIDE MAN INDICTED FOR SHINING EXTREMELY HIGH POWERED SPOTLIGHT AT POLICE HELICOPTER ON A BURGLARY IN PROGRESS RUN
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man was repeatedly shining an extremely high powered spotlight at a Columbus Police helicopter, and interfered with the crew’s ability to fly safely.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury...
Sep 20 2019

Defendant: 22 Defendants

22 MEN INDICTED AFTER THEY ATTEMPTED TO ENGAGE IN SEXUAL CONDUCT WITH WHAT THEY BELIEVED TO BE MINORS IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “These 22 men all travelled to a specific location in Franklin County to engage in inappropriate sexual conduct with what they thought were children they believed to be between 12 and 15 years old.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the ...
Sep 16 2019

Defendant: David Jude Kerscher

MAN INDICTED FOR ENGAGING IN INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL BEHAVIOR WITH 4 JUVENILES
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man engaged in inappropriate sexual behavior with 4 juveniles ranging in age between 13 and 16 years old.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has indicted David Jude Kerscher, age 34, for three counts ...
Sep 16 2019

Defendant: Roberta I. Bower and Makiah Chane’I Halsell

TWO FORMER NURSING HOME RESIDENT CARE ASSISTANTS INDICTED FOR PATIENT ABUSE OF 94 YEAR OLD WOMAN
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Elder abuse can often go unnoticed and unreported, however these two women videotaped their physical and emotional abuse of this senior and posted the video on social media.  Fortunately the video was seen and reported to the prope...
Sep 12 2019

Defendant: Ramadhan H. Muridi

TEENAGER FLEEING IN STOLEN CAR FROM MICHIGAN INDICTED FOR AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE IN CRASH THAT KILLED PEDESTRIAN
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “The tragic death of this pedestrian 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 against Ramadhan H. Muridi, age 16,...
Sep 12 2019

Defendant: Tyrone Dee Smith

CODIS HIT LINKS THREE STRANGER RAPES OVER FIVE YEAR TIME SPAN TO THE SAME SUSPECT
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This suspect had his DNA collected from a current pending Non-Support of Dependents case (18CR4491) and a CODIS match was received earlier this summer linking this defendant to three unrelated and unsolved stranger rapes.”  Prosecu...
Sep 05 2019

Defendant: Desmond Lee Thomas

TEENAGER INDICTED FOR RAPING WOMAN AT GUNPOINT ON BIKE TRAIL WHILE PUSHING HER CHILD IN A STROLLER
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This mother was pushing her child in a stroller on a bike trail when she was approached from behind by an unknown teenager with a gun who robbed and raped her.”  Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Frank...
Aug 30 2019

Defendant: Walter Luther Smith

GRANDFATHER INDICTED FOR RAPE OF HIS 4 YEAR OLD GRANDSON
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man performed oral sex and other sex acts with his 4 year old grandson.”  Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Walter Luther Smith, age 4...
Aug 29 2019

Defendant: Donte Matthew Martin

INSTRUCTOR AND COACH ASSIGNED TO THE WESTERVILLE CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT INDICTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “While assigned to a Westerville middle school, this instructor and coach was downloading child pornography on several devices at his house and was posting child pornography onto his Tumblr social media account.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced t...
Aug 26 2019

Defendant: Darrell Labishop Rodgers, Jr.

MAN INDICTED FOR RECENT RAPE OF WOMAN WALKING NEAR THE OSU CAMPUS
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stated, “This woman was walking near the OSU campus, when she was grabbed by a stranger at gun point, forced up against a wall, where she was robbed and repeatedly raped by this defendant.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County...
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