Press Releases

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 ...
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...
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