Press Releases

Jun 13 2016

Defendant: William Richard Griffin

INDICTMENT FILED ON CO-DEFENDANT WILLIAM GRIFFIN FOR 2010 SHOOTING THAT PARALYZED VICTIM
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien commented, “Through the collaborative efforts of many individuals over the past six years, we are now able to also prosecute the co-defendant involved in this avoidable shooting which left the victim paralyzed for life.  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces...
Jun 10 2016

Defendant: Lori Ann Conley

REYNOLDSBURG BABYSITTER INDICTED FOR INVOLUNTARY MANSLAUGHTER AFTER GIVING 8 MONTH OLD LETHAL DOSE OF BENADRYL
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Giving Benadryl to a baby can and did cause the death of this infant.  Adults should never give medication or drugs of any kind to children without the approval of the child’s family doctor.”  Today, Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announc...
Jun 08 2016

Defendant: Maurice E. Watkins and Pierre C. Williams

TWO MEN INDICTED IN CONNECTION TO MURDER OF LANDLORD AND SETTING HIS BODY ON FIRE TO AVOID PAYMENT OF RENT
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “These two men face substantial prison sentences for their decision to murder their landlord who tried to collect their rent.”  Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien today indicted Maurice E. Watkins, age 33, for the Aggravated Murder of his land...
Jun 07 2016

Defendant: Lincoln Scott Rutledge

DEATH PENALTY INDICTMENT FILED ON LINCOLN RUTLEDGE FOR AGGRAVATED MURDER OF SWAT OFFICER STEVEN SMITH AND ATTEMPTED MURDER OF 4 OTHER SWAT OFFICERS
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that, “Lincoln Rutledge faces the death penalty for murdering a 27–year veteran of the Columbus Police Department”.  The Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an eleven count death penalty indictment on Lincoln Scott Ru...
Jun 06 2016

Defendant: Gary Allen Sovie

DAD INDICTED FOR TAKING SEXUALLY EXPLICIT POLAROID PHOTOS OF HIS NAKED 18 MONTH OLD DAUGHTER
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This father faces a potential prison sentence in excess of fifty years for taking nude sexual photos of his toddler daughter, one of which depicted sexual activity.”  Today O’Brien said the Grand Jury filed an indictment against Gary Allen Sovie,...
Jun 03 2016

Defendant: Drakkar Dashawn Groce

INDICTMENT FILED ON DRAKKAR GROCE FOR 2010 SHOOTING THAT PARALYZED VICTIM
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien commented, “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of many individuals over the past six years, we are able to prosecute the man responsible for this avoidable shooting which has had a tragic impact on our victim.  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announces that the...
May 27 2016

Defendant: Alberto P. hernandez

55 Year Old Man Found Guilty of Raping 8 & 14 Year Old Girls While his Girlfriend Held Them Down
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “this man faces a potential sentence of life in prison following a weeklong trial where he was found guilty by the jury for the rape of two young girls.”  Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that Alberto P. Herna...
May 25 2016

Defendant: Robin Wallace Toms

MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN TWO-ALARM WEST-SIDE WAREHOUSE FIRE THAT CAUSED MILLIONS IN DAMAGES
Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “Fortunately no one was injured by this fire, however it required between 50-100 firefighters to fight the blaze”.  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that Robin Wallace Toms, age 30, plead guilty today to one count of Arson (F-4), o...
May 18 2016

Defendant: Dezmond A. Childress

16 YEAR OLD INDICTED FOR FATAL SHOOTING OF 17 YEAR OLD LINDEN MCKINLEY HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “A 16 year old now faces a potential 18 years to life sentence in prison following a fist fight that ended in a senseless fatal shooting”.  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that the Franklin County Grand Jury has returned an indictment again...
May 16 2016

Defendant: Christopher Stewart Kitchen

FORMER OSU MARCHING BAND DRUM-MAJOR INSTRUCTOR PLEADS GUILTY TO SEXUAL BATTERY INVOLVING STUDENT
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said, “This former OSU band instructor will be required to register as a sex offender every 90 days for the rest of his life in connection to this case”.  Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced today that Christopher Stewart Kitchen, age 29, plead guilty to o...
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