Press Releases

Dec 22 2016

Defendant: Ronnie Lee Carroll Jr.

19 YEAR OLD INDICTED FOR SETTING THE FIRE THAT BURNED DOWN BUDDHIST TEMPLE AND OTHER PERSONAL PROPERTY
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man intentionally set several fires, where one in particular completely gutted a Buddhist temple.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Ronnie Lee Carroll Jr., age 19,...
Dec 12 2016

Defendant: Michael William Slager

MAN WHO SET GIRLFRIEND ON FIRE IN GAHANNA PLEADS NO CONTEST TO INDICTMENT AND IS SENTENCED TO ELEVEN YEARS IN PRISON
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man poured gasoline on his girlfriend and then set her on fire.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that Michael William Slager, age 41, plead no contest to one count Aggravated Arson (F-1), one count Felonious Assault (F-2), and one co...
Dec 09 2016

Defendant: Jose Govea-Jimenez, Jose Millan, Jose Sanchez, Jennifer Guy, Ellery Cardenaas

RICO INDICTMENT FILED ON 5 PEOPLE INVOLVED IN TRAFFICKING OF HEROIN OPERATION IN FRANKLIN COUNTY
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien commented, “Due to the collaborative efforts of many we have been able to shut down the selling of heroin out of numerous locations in our county.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned indictments against fi...
Nov 28 2016

Defendant: Daniel Erin Burris

FORMER WESTERVILLE TEACHER AND MATH TUTOR INDICTED FOR RAPE AND SEX CHARGES INVOLVING TWO CHILDREN
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This former teacher and math tutor sexually assaulted two of his young students for over two years.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Daniel Erin Burris, age 45, for tw...
Nov 22 2016

Defendant: Deanthoni Santwan Truss

22 YEAR OLD INDICTED FOR AGGRAVATED MURDER OF ONE AND FELONIOUS ASSAULT OF FIVE OTHERS IN CONVENIENCE STORE SHOOTING AND SWAT STANDOFF
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man opened fire in a convenience store filled with numerous patrons, killing one and injuring two others before he fled the scene.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment agains...
Nov 21 2016

Defendant: Demetrius Braxton

PRESS ADVISORY
Demetrius Braxton was arrested on September 19, 2016 for the robbery that preceded the death of Tyre King.  He has remained in Jail since then after waiving his Preliminary Hearing and being bound over to the Grand Jury.  He is expected to appear before Judge Sheeran in Court...
Nov 10 2016

Defendant: Melissa Jane Martin and Douglas H. Martin

INDICTMENT FILED ON HUSBAND AND WIFE OWNERS OF WESTERVILLE HEATING AND COOLING FOR THEFT FROM CUSTOMERS EXCEEDING $20,000
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This husband and wife team used the credit card information from three customers to make personal purchases for themselves and for their company in excess of $20,000.  They used one of the credit cards 63 times without permission.”  Prosecutor Ro...
Nov 04 2016

Defendant: Norman Burke and Jaquon Poindexter

TWO INDICTED FOR AGGRAVATED MURDER OF TWO YEAR OLD
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced the Franklin County Grand Jury returned indictments against Norman Burke and Jaquon Poindexter for their roles in the shooting death of two year old Amiyah Bice.  O’Brien said, “These men went into this child’s home and robbed the child’s pare...
Nov 02 2016

Defendant: James E. Smith Jr.

DRUG TRAFFICKER IN POSSESSION OF APPROXIMATELY A HALF MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DRUGS SENTENCED TO 11 YEARS IN PRISON
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “James E. Smith Jr., AKA Bubbie, a large-scale drug trafficker, was sentenced to 11 years in prison today for his role in the distribution of multiple kilograms of Cocaine into the Central Ohio area.”  Following a three day trial i...
Oct 28 2016

Defendant: Jaquon Lamont Poindexter

PROSECUTOR RON O’BRIEN SEEKS AND COURT GRANTS MOTION TO HOLD MURDER SUSPECT IN JAIL WITHOUT BOND IN DEATH OF 2 YEAR OLD TODDLER
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien’s office filed a motion in Municipal Court at the initial appearance for Jaquon Lamont Poindexter asking the Arraignment Court Judge Jim O’Grady to detain Poindexter without bail.  The reason for the motion was that O’Brien alleged that Poindexter posed...
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