PRESS RELEASE, 11/17/2006

Hamilton County Prosecuting Attorney Joseph T. Deters announces that charges will not be filed in the death of a 14-year-old boy in Kennedy Heights


The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office along with Cincinnati Homicide and the Hamilton County Coroner’s Office have completed their investigation into the death of Quavale Finnell. The 14-year-old boy was shot to death on October 23, 2006 in Kennedy Heights

 Around 6 a.m., Bennie Hall, Jr., 61, went outside to warm up his car before leaving for work and then went back into his house. Mr. Hall noticed someone driving his car towards the end of the street. He grabbed his gun, went outside and waived his arms in an attempt to stop the car. Hall, with the car headed directly towards him, shot into the car killing the driver, Quavale Finnell.

Due to the rise in violence in his neighborhood and the fact his own grandson was a shooting victim right down the street, Mr. Hall had taken the proper steps to get a Concealed Carry Permit. Forensic evidence also confirms that at the time of the first shot, the car was moving directly towards Mr. Hall. This is consistent with the statements of Mr. Hall and a witness. It is the opinion of this office that Mr. Hall acted in self-defense and no charges will be filed against him.

Prosecutor Deters said today, "It is a tragedy that this 14-year-old boy lost his life during this incident. Mr. Hall has a right to protect himself with deadly force if his life is in danger or he is in danger of great bodily harm. Based on the totality of the evidence and circumstances, he was doing just that."