Press Releases

May 21 2018

Defendant: Michael Jerome Walsh

SOUTHWESTERN CITY SCHOOLS TEACHER INDICTED ON CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “While employed as a middle school teacher, this man was downloading child pornography on several computers at his house.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has indicted Michael Jerome Walsh, age 61, for fi...
May 18 2018

Defendant: Raymond Billy Sims

INDICTMENT FILED ON 61 YEAR OLD RAYMOND BILLY SIMS FOR KIDNAPPING AND RAPE
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This stranger forced his victim to enter a vacant apartment at knife-point, where he then tied her up and raped her.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a four count indictment on Raymond Billy Sims,...
May 17 2018

Defendant: Joshua Samuel Ferrell and Christopher William Edward Martin

TWO UNRELATED MURDERS IN A WEEK TIME SPAN BOTH INDICTED
            Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “During two separate and unrelated incidents, one victim was shot to death and the second victim was stabbed over two dozen times.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned two indictments in co...
Apr 27 2018

Defendant: Christian Daequan Dillion and Mario Marshawn Wade

TWO GANG MEMBERS INDICTED IN CONNECTION TO THE NEW YEAR’S DAY MURDERS OF A MAN AND HIS PREGNANT GIRLFRIEND
           Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “While committing an armed robbery, these two gang members shot and killed a man and his girlfriend, who was 35 weeks pregnant.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned indictments against...
Apr 24 2018

Defendant: Samuel David Sharifi

IMPAIRED DRIVER INDICTED FOR ST. PATRICK’S DAY AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE IN DEATH OF 23 YEAR OLD MAN
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man had alcohol in his system and was driving the wrong way on E. 15 th Avenue going at an excessively high rate of speed in a 25 mph zone when he struck the victim as he was legally travelling through the intersection drivin...
Apr 18 2018

Defendant: Charles Michael Hush

RICO INDICTMENT FILED ON DUBLIN JEWELRY STORE OWNER FOR THEFT INVOLVING 36 VICTIMS AND JEWELRY VALUE IN EXCESS OF $300,000
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This long time Dublin jewelry store owner took the jewelry and/or the proceeds from the sale of the jewelry from 36 victims with the estimated value of the jewelry being in excess of $300,000.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin C...
Apr 12 2018

Defendant: Jordyn Dorian Taelor Preston

MURDER INDICTMENT FILED ON TEENAGER FOR SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS GIRLFRIEND’S FATHER
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “During an argument between a father and his daughter, this teenage boyfriend produced a handgun and started firing shots, wounding his girlfriend and killing her father.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has re...
Apr 03 2018

Defendant: Annette Dorene Spence

FORMER BOOKKEEPER INDICTED FOR THEFT FROM A PERSON IN A PROTECTED CLASS IN EXCESS OF A QUARTER MILLION DOLLARS
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This long time trusted employee abused her position for her own personal financial gain for six years.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Annette Dorene Spence, age 57, for one...
Mar 23 2018

Defendant: Quentin Lamar Smith

DEATH PENALTY INDICTMENT FILED ON QUENTIN SMITH FOR AGGRAVATED MURDERS OF WESTERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS ANTHONY MORELLI AND ERIC JOERING
          Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien joined with Westerville Chief of Police Joe Morbitzer announce today that, “Quentin Smith faces the death penalty for murdering two Westerville Police Officers, one was a 30-year veteran and the other a 16-year veteran of the We...
Mar 19 2018

Defendant: Antwan D. Williams

Indictment in Human Trafficking Case
(COLUMBUS, Ohio)—Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and members of the Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force announced today the indictment of an individual accused of trafficking three victims in the Columbus area. The Central Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force, which is ...
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