PRESS RELEASE, 5/30/2006

DNA Evidence leads to the capital indictment of a man charged iwth a 1987 murder

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters announced the capital indictment of a man for the 1987 murder of an 11 year-old West End girl. DNA matched by the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS) and the joint efforts of the Cincinnati Police Homicide Unit, the Hamilton County Coroner and the Hamilton County Prosecutor led investigators to Chris Ballard of Dayton, Ohio.

Ballard, 44, has been indicted on aggravated murder with death specifications. It is a death penalty case because it is charged that he committed this purposeful murder while attempting to rape her.

The violent attack occurred in October of 1987. Tina Dukes’ body was found in an abandoned building on John Street, two days after her mother reported her missing. The girl was strangled and suffered severe head injuries that caused her death.

Ballard is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $1 million bond. He faces the death penalty if convicted on all charges.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said today, “The family of Tina Dukes deserves justice for the senseless killing of their little girl. After almost 19 years, they are going to get it.”