Press Releases

Mar 14 2018

Defendant: Curtis Deshane Gossett, Stacy Anne Rockey, Christina Blair Austin, Jeffery Martin Bagley, and Brooke Michelle Adkins

RICO INDICTMENT FILED ON FOUR FOR LURING VICTIMS INTO HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND PROSTITUTION
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Not only will our office continue to coordinate efforts with other agencies within the law enforcement system to rescue victims who are forced or coerced into human trafficking, but we will also hold traffickers accountable for exp...
Mar 08 2018

Defendant: De'Andre D. Fleming

TEENAGER INDICTED FOR INDUCING PANIC AFTER THREATENING TO SHOOT UP BEECHCROFT HIGH SCHOOL O’BRIEN FILES MOTION REQUESTING DEFENDANT HELD IN JAIL WITHOUT BOND
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This teenager threatened to shoot up Beechcroft High School and to kill the Assistant Vice Principal and the School Safety and Security Officer with an AR15 and Glock 17 with 19 rounds.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County G...
Mar 02 2018

Defendant: Alexander Francis Henize

MAN ARRESTED WITH FENTANYL, BUTYRYL FENTANYL, HEROIN, GUNS, AND OVER $20,000 IN CASH INDICTED
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stated, “This man held the mother of his children against her will at gunpoint until he eventually exited his home and was arrested.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Alexander Franc...
Mar 01 2018

Defendant: Heather H. Ernst

FORMER DEPUTY DIRECTOR FOR THE CITY OF HILLIARD PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT INDICTED FOR THEFT IN OFFICE
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This long time trusted employee abused her position for her own personal financial gain for over four years.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Heather H. Ernst, age 47, for on...
Feb 28 2018

Defendant: Quentin Lamar Smith

PRELIMINARY HEARING SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW WAIVED BY QUENTIN SMITH IN CONNECTION TO DOUBLE MURDERS OF WESTERVILLE POLICE OFFICERS ANTHONY MORELLI AND ERIC JOERING
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that Quentin L. Smith, age 31, has waived his preliminary hearing scheduled for tomorrow morning, March 1, 2018 at 9:00 am in connection to the murders of Westerville Police Officers Anthony Morelli, age 54, and Eric Joering, age 39.  “We...
Feb 23 2018

Defendant: Keith J. McCauley II

AGGRAVATED MURDER INDICTMENT FILED ON KEITH MCCAULEY FOR SHOOTING DEATH OF HIS WIFE IN FRONT OF THEIR 9 YEAR OLD SON
           Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “During an argument, Keith McCauley produced a handgun and shot his wife numerous times before she fled from the house into a neighbor’s yard where she collapsed.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has...
Feb 15 2018

Defendant: Anthony James Pardon

DEATH PENALTY INDICTMENT FILED ON ANTHONY PARDON FOR THE KIDNAPPING, RAPE, AND MURDER OF 24 YEAR OLD ASPIRING FUNERAL DIRECTOR RACHAEL ANDERSON
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Pardon faces the death penalty for murdering Rachael Anderson between the evening of her 24 th birthday and the following morning.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a nine count death penalty indi...
Feb 01 2018

Defendant: Jonathan Charles Knapp, Justin Lee Goins, Frank M. Abrams II and Gary Ronald Smith, Jr.

RICO INDICTMENT FILED IN CONNECTION TO THEFT, ID FRAUD, AND BREAKING AND ENTERING CRIMINAL OFFENSES AGAINST OVER THREE DOZEN VICTIMS
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “A man and three of his associates committed a variety of criminal activities including identity fraud, theft, stealing vehicles and trailers, and breaking and entering into storage units throughout our county, leaving behind dozens of victims.  Mo...
Feb 01 2018

Defendant: Felicia Amber Sullivan

AUNT INDICTED FOR RAPE OF HER 5 MONTH OLD NIECE
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This woman performed oral sex on her 5 month old niece, recorded herself committing the act, and sent the video to her boyfriend’s email.  This was allegedly done in exchange for money.”  Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien anno...
Jan 30 2018

Defendant: Deveron Zekoi Huett

TEENAGE SUSPECT IN MIFFLIN TOWNSHIP MURDER, FELONIOUS ASSAULT, AND AGGRAVATED ROBBERY INDICTED
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This teenager and his adult accomplice charged into a home during the middle of the day, pulled out handguns, and started shooting.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Deveron Z...
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