Press Releases

Jun 24 2016

Defendant: Raymond Eichenberger

LOCAL ATTORNEY RAYMOND EICHENBERGER WAS INDICTED ON FORGERY (F4) AND THEFT (F4)
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stated that, “This act by a licensed attorney not only violates ethical and moral conduct but is also a punishable criminal act.”  The Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Raymond Eichenberger, age 62, for one count (F-4) Forger...
Jun 20 2016

Defendant: Dalon Laquan Smoot

21 YEAR OLD INDICTED FOR MURDERING FORMER OSU CHEER TEAM MEMBER DURING ROBBERY Triggerman had been Released from Prison only 25 days before this Homicide
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said “This 21 year old is charged with murdering a former OSU cheer team leader and current cheer team coach in the same cul-de-sac on Larry Place where just days before there was an unrelated murder.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said that t...
Jun 17 2016

Defendant: Charles Antoine Rodriquez Granberry, Dwayne T. Robinson, Anthony D. McGuffie, Henry Gerard Hames Hill, Jr. and Randall J. Frye

Five Co-Defendants Who Were Charged After Raid on Dogfighting Ring, in Which 45 dogs Were Rescued, Will be Prosecuted in Federal Court
Prosecutor O’Brien stated, “Dogfighting is not a sport, it is a criminal activity in which two dogs are pitted against each other in a fight which generally ends in the death or serious injury of one of the dogs, all for the entertainment of spectators and for profit of the d...
Jun 16 2016

Defendant: Event

4th ANNUAL FRANKLIN COUNTY WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY INVITATIONAL EVENT SCHEDULED FOR JUNE 17TH
“Although oftentimes extremely difficult to detect, elder abuse is a preventable problem that unfortunately spans across every race, gender, and socioeconomic class in our country”, said Prosecutor Ron O’Brien.  World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched on June 15,...
Jun 15 2016

Defendant: Susan Gwynne

WOMAN INDICTED ON 101 CHARGES AFTER ELDERLY VICTIMS REPORT MISSING ITEMS
A Delaware County Grand Jury has returned a 101-count indictment against 55-year-old Susan Gwynne of Columbus.  Charges come after a January 2016 call to authorities reporting personal items were missing from an elderly resident at the Inn at Olentangy Trail.  “After the init...
Jun 13 2016

Defendant: William Richard Griffin

INDICTMENT FILED ON CO-DEFENDANT WILLIAM GRIFFIN FOR 2010 SHOOTING THAT PARALYZED VICTIM
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien commented, “Through the collaborative efforts of many individuals over the past six years, we are now able to also prosecute the co-defendant involved in this avoidable shooting which left the victim paralyzed for life.  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces...
Jun 10 2016

Defendant: Lori Ann Conley

REYNOLDSBURG BABYSITTER INDICTED FOR INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER AFTER GIVING 8 MONTH OLD LETHAL DOSE OF BENADRYL
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Giving Benadryl to a baby can and did cause the death of this infant.  Adults should never give medication or drugs of any kind to children without the approval of the child’s family doctor.”  Today, Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announc...
Jun 08 2016

Defendant: Maurice E. Watkins and Pierre C. Williams

TWO MEN INDICTED IN CONNECTION TO MURDER OF LANDLORD AND SETTING HIS BODY ON FIRE TO AVOID PAYMENT OF RENT
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “These two men face substantial prison sentences for their decision to murder their landlord who tried to collect their rent.”  Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien today indicted Maurice E. Watkins, age 33, for the Aggravated Murder of his land...
Jun 07 2016

Defendant: Lincoln Scott Rutledge

DEATH PENALTY INDICTMENT FILED ON LINCOLN RUTLEDGE FOR AGGRAVATED MURDER OF SWAT OFFICER STEVEN SMITH AND ATTEMPTED MURDER OF 4 OTHER SWAT OFFICERS
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that, “Lincoln Rutledge faces the death penalty for murdering a 27–year veteran of the Columbus Police Department”.  The Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an eleven count death penalty indictment on Lincoln Scott Ru...
Jun 06 2016

Defendant: Gary Allen Sovie

DAD INDICTED FOR TAKING SEXUALLY EXPLICIT POLAROID PHOTOS OF HIS NAKED 18 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This father faces a potential prison sentence in excess of fifty years for taking nude sexual photos of his toddler daughter, one of which depicted sexual activity.”  Today O’Brien said the Grand Jury filed an indictment against Gary Allen Sovie,...
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