PRESS RELEASE, 8/10/2006

A Hamilton County Grand Jury returns a capital indictment for a murder that took place near Stanley's Pub

Today, Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters announced the capital indictment of an 18-year-old male for the murder of Brandon Morris, 25. The crime took place in Columbia Tusculum near Stanley’s Pub. Edward Longmire has been indicted on one count of aggravated murder with death specification and four counts of aggravated robbery.

On July 19, 2006 at 3 a.m., the victim and two female companions were leaving Stanley’s Pub when Longmire, of Cincinnati, approached the trio asking for money or a ride. When they refused, the defendant grabbed a purse belonging to one of the females and ran off. Morris chased the defendant and found him in a nearby backyard. Longmire shot Morris three times with a .22 caliber handgun killing him.

The indictment also includes defendant’s involvement in two separate robberies. The first took place July 16, 2006 when the defendant approached two people leaving the Speedway at 320 Stanley Avenue in Columbia Tusculum. Longmire showed a handgun and robbed them of their money. In another incident on July 25, 2006, six days after the murder of Brandon Morris, Longmire robbed a man who was using an ATM at the Franklin Savings and Loan on Madison Road in Walnut Hills. He again used a handgun to take the victim’s money, cell phone and car.

The defendant is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $ 1.1 million bond. He faces the death penalty if convicted on all the charges.

Prosecutor Deters said today, "The murder of Brandon Morris, as he was assisting other victims of crime, is a tragedy. We will pursue justice for Brandon relentlessly."