PRESS RELEASE, 10/14/2005

Darius Myrick faces the death penalty for the murder of his 19-month-old daughter

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced today a capital indictment in the death of a baby. Darius Myrick of Cincinnati now faces the death penalty for the murder of his 19-month-old daughter, Aliyah Myrick.

Myrick has been indicted for aggravated murder for the attack that occurred in the evening hours of October 6, 2005. Myrick went to the home of his estranged wife, Lonetta Myrick, with whom he shares three children. Ms. Myrick and the defendant had an argument and she told him to leave. He then grabbed their 19-month-old daughter and walked away.

The victim's mother called 911 and an Amber Alert was issued. The next morning, Myrick was spotted on Vine Street. The police were called and he was arrested.

The child's body was recovered in the morning hours of October 7, 2005 at Inwood Park in Mount Auburn. The child died as a result of blunt trauma to her head.

Prior to 1997, child killers did not face the death penalty under Ohio law.

Two Hamilton County cases changed that law. The murders of Star Hollingsworth (ten months old) and Matthew Richmond (12 years old) prompted Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters to seek legislation wherein people who purposely kill children under 13 years of age would be eligible for the death penalty. That bill passed in 1997.

Myrick is being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $1 million dollar bond.

Prosecutor Deters said today, “This is the fifth capital indictment returned this year. It is the third indictment concerning the purposeful killing of a child.

I said it last time, and I’ll say it again. As long as I am prosecutor, if you purposely kill a child, this office will seek the death penalty.”