Press Releases

Oct 21 2009

Defendant: Jeffrey York

Multiple Aggravated Robbery
Between September 29, 2009 and October 9, 2009, the defendant Jeffrey Allen York, age 21, allegedly committed armed robberies of five local citizens.  The Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a 20 count indictment including Aggravated Robbery with Specification, Robbery wi...
Oct 02 2009

Defendant: Shane Smeltzer, Russell Conlon, Jason Huffer, Trenton Radford, Jan Byers, Tyler Shively

Franklin County Prosecutor Press Release
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned six (6) separate indictments against six of the young adults involved in trafficking  dangerous drugs in connection to the drug sweep last week on the north side of Franklin County.  Those...
Sep 29 2009

Defendant: Katherine Stephens

Half Million Dollar Embezzlement Case Indicted
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a two count indictment against Katherine Stephens, a former employee of The Columbus Serum Company located at 2025 S. High Street.  O’Brien said, “Stephens was a trusted employee who abused her ...
Sep 04 2009

Defendant: Lee T. Darrington

Grand Jury Indicts 11 Year Old Cold Case Involving Double Homicide Of Mother And 1 Year Old Child
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has indicted Lee T. Darrington for the August 1998 aggravated murders of Ly Dieu Tran, age 26, and her 13 month old daughter Mylia. The homicide investigation into both deaths remained unsolved, until the po...
Aug 06 2009

Defendant: Derris Lewis

Prosecutor To Dismiss All Charges Against Derris Lewis
On August 6, 2009 the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office requested Judge Guy Reece to dismiss all charges against Derris Lewis in connection with the home invasion homicide of his brother Dennis Lewis that occurred on January 18, 2008 at 1161 Loretta Ave. in Columbus. Today...
Jul 30 2009

Defendant: Robert Knight

Franklin County Prosecutor Press Release
Defendant was indicted for Murder, Abuse of a Corpse, and Tampering with Evidence, in the murder and dismemberment of Tracy Moore at West Bay Apartment complex in late June 2009.
Jul 13 2009

Defendant: Charles Harris

Franklin County Prosecutor Press Release
Charles Harris, who was charged with six sexual assaults committed while robbing employees of a check cashing business, between 12-23-08 and 1-10-09 plead guilty on 7-13-09 to four counts of Rape and two counts of attempted Rape. Harris is jointly being prosecuted by the US A...
Jul 03 2009

Defendant: David Hopper

Franklin County Prosecutor Press Release
Known as the “blue eyed rapist” is suspected in 10 robberies and sexual assaults in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana dating from 1992. He has been linked through his DNA to 6 of the cases, including a 2003 attack at the Grove City GNC store on Stringtown Road.
Jun 26 2009

Defendant: Robert Harris

Franklin County Prosecutor Press Release
Defendant was sentenced to two life terms for the murders of Gregory Guess 24, and Shana White 32, who were found murdered by gunshot wounds to the head on 9/11/06 in a sport-utility vehicle abandoned in a soybean field off Brice Road. Harris was brought back to Columbus afte...
Jun 26 2009

Defendant: Wilfrid Creighton

Franklin County Prosecutor Press Release
An undercover detective posing as a 14 year old boy arranged to meet Creighton for sex. Creighton was arrested at that meeting. He told police that he has molested as many as 30 children, but only conduct relating to three victims was able to be charged in the indictment. The...
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