Press Releases

Jul 28 2017

Defendant: Abdulkadir Banow Iman

GRANDFATHER INDICTED FOR STABBING HIS 20 MONTH OLD GRANDSON WITH A BUTCHER KNIFE
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said, "This toddler had wounds to his head and neck after being attacked with a butcher knife by his grandfather." Prosecutor Ron O'Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment on Abdulkadir Banow I...
Jul 25 2017

Defendant: Nehemiah Imanuel Hunter

RAPE OF APARTMENT SECURITY OFFICER BY 18 YEAR OLD SUSPECT LINKED BY CODIS HIT
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, "Just as this armed security guard was completing her rounds, she was robbed and raped." Prosecutor Ron O'Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has indicted Nehemiah Imanuel Hunter, age 18, in connection to the a...
Jul 18 2017

Defendant: Dwayne Alvin Bonner

2ND ATTACK WITHIN A WEEK ON A SENIOR CITIZEN GOING TO CHURCH
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stated, “This 89 year old man was sitting in his vehicle parked in his driveway preparing to leave for church when he was robbed at gunpoint.”  Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that the Franklin County Grand Jury has retu...
Jul 11 2017

Defendant: Markis Chuvalo Couch

MAN INDICTED FOR KIDNAPPING AND ATTEMPTED RAPE OF 68 YEAR OLD WOMAN WALKING TO CHURCH
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stated, “Fortunately a Columbus Police Officer in the area heard the victim screaming and noticed the suspect on top of the victim assaulting her on the ground.  Police immediately secured the scene and took the suspect into custody.”  F...
Jul 07 2017

Defendant: Eric Banks

MAN INDICTED IN CONNECTION TO FENTANYL DRUG OVERDOSE DEATH FOR SELLING THE DRUGS THAT CAUSED THE OVERDOSE
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stated, “This defendant sold Fentanyl to a person in a nursing home, which resulted in the victim’s death.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment against Eric Banks, age 25, for one count of Invo...
Jun 22 2017

Defendant: Lincoln Scott Rutledge

LINCOLN RUTLEDGE FOUND GUILTY OF 2016 AGGRAVATED MURDER OF SWAT OFFICER STEVEN SMITH, ATTEMPTED MURDER OF SWAT OFFICERS THIVENER AND WHITE, AND FELONIOUS ASSAULT OF SWAT OFFICERS PRESTEL AND PALMER
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien stated today, “Lincoln Rutledge was found guilty of murdering a 27 year veteran of the Columbus Police Department, the attempted murder of 2 other SWAT officers, and the felonious assault of 2 additional SWAT officers.”  O’Brien has anno...
Jun 14 2017

Defendant: Fasshon Monique Shivers

INDICTMENT FILED ON MOM THAT SENT TEXT MESSAGE TO HER EX WITH PICTURE OF THEIR BABY WITH A GUN POINTED AT THE BABY’S HEAD
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This woman pointed a semi-automatic handgun to her 17 month old daughter’s head, took a picture of it, and sent the photo to her ex, the baby’s father.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury h...
Jun 09 2017

Defendant: Brittany Nicole Westenhouser, age 26, Kristen Danielle Mays, age 32, and Erica Renee Escuadra, age 37

THREE WOMEN CHARGED WITH DUMPING OVERDOSE VICTIM’S BODY NEAR GROVE CITY INDICTED FOR TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE AND GROSS ABUSE OF A CORPSE
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “These three women discovered the victim unresponsive following a possible fatal overdose, made no attempts to contact police or medics for assistance for hours, and dumped her dead body in western Franklin County.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announce...
Jun 09 2017

Defendant: Brittany Nicole Westenhouser, age 26, Kristen Danielle Mays, age 32, and Erica Renee Escuadra, age 37

THREE WOMEN CHARGED WITH DUMPING OVERDOSE VICTIM’S BODY NEAR GROVE CITY INDICTED FOR TAMPERING WITH EVIDENCE AND GROSS ABUSE OF A CORPSE
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “These three women discovered the victim unresponsive following a possible fatal overdose, made no attempts to contact police or medics for assistance for hours, and dumped her dead body in western Franklin County.”  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announc...
Jun 07 2017

Defendant: Ralph Edward Barrie

18 YEAR OLD INDICTED FOR FATAL SHOOTING OF 18 YEAR OLD VICTIM FROM NORTH COLUMBUS
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This man shot and killed the 18 year old victim, is believed to have fled the state, and was arrested after returning to Central Ohio.” Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned two separate indictmen...
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