Press Releases

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...
May 26 2017

Defendant: Jesus Bojorquez-Mendez and Zulema Rodriquez-Torres

COUPLE INDICTED UNDER NEW FORFEITURE LAW, FOR AGGRAVATED TRAFFICKING AND AGGRAVATED POSSESSION OF 19 POUNDS OF METHAMPHETAMINE
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “A couple was indicted this week for transporting 19 pounds of methamphetamine in their truck along with the proceeds of sale of those drugs of over $72,000.00 in currency.”  Jesus Bojorquez-Mendez and Zulema Rodriquez-Torres were ...
May 19 2017

Defendant: Micaiah Jaron Frank Price and Teah Yvonne Williams

RICO INDICTMENT FILED ON TWO ADULTS FOR LURING JUVENILE 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 ex...
May 18 2017

Defendant: Danny Ronald Fabro

MAN INDICTED FOR FATAL SHOOTING OF EX-GIRLFRIEND IN UPS PARKING LOT
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This is another tragic case of domestic violence where this man brutally killed his ex-girlfriend as she sat in her personal vehicle in the UPS employee parking lot.” Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has ...
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