PRESS RELEASE, 4/22/2009

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters Announces an arrest and commencement of Mexican prosecution in Sharonville multiple homicide case


Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the arrest and commencement of a Mexican prosecution against 34 year-old Santiago Moreno (dob 7/25/74) in the December, 2007 death of fellow Mexican nationals Jose De Jesus Davila Duenas, Manuel Davila Duenas, Conrado Lopez Guardado, Lino Guardado Davila.

In December, 2007 Moreno and all four victims lived together in an apartment located at 11607 Timber Ridge Lane, Apartment 3 in Sharonville, Ohio. All five worked at ABC Precision Masonry.

On December 13, 2007 their employer contacted Sharonville Police with concerns about the men, who had not reported to work since early December, 2007. Sharonville Police responded to the apartment and located the bodies of the four victims. The defendant, who was the fifth roommate, was missing along with all of his personal belongings. All four victims died as a result of stab wounds to the chest with contributing factor of blunt force trauma to the head.

On February 8, 2008 the Hamilton County Grand Jury returned a sealed indictment for four counts of murder against Santiago Moreno in Case No. B 0801026. On March 12, 2009 the Hamilton County Grand Jury returned a sealed indictment for four counts of aggravated murder against Santiago Moreno in Case No. B0901668.

On June 17, 2008 Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters and Assistant Prosecutor Michael Florez traveled to Mexico City, Mexico to present evidence to the Mexican authorities under Article Four of the Penal Code of Procedures for the Republic of Mexico. Mr. Deters and Mr. Florez presented evidence to the Mexican authorities necessary to begin the apprehension and prosecution of Mexican national Santiago Moreno.

On April 19, 2009 Santiago Moreno was arrested in Tampico, Tampaulipas, which is located along the east coast of Mexico.

All of the Hamilton County cases have been unsealed and Case B 0901668 (4 counts of Aggravated Murder) has been released to the Republic of Mexico for prosecution in Mexico.

Prosecutor Deters commented, "I would like to thank the City of Sharonville, its police department and chief, and in particular Detective Aaron Blasky for their diligent work on this case. I further commend Special Agent Clay Huesman of the FBI for all of his assistance. The Mexican government deserves our thanks for their efforts in the apprehension and prosecution of Santiago Moreno. Specifically the efforts of Miguel Mendez, Deputy Legal Attache of the Office of the Attorney General, Carlos Diaz de Leon of the Special Foreign Prosecution Unit and Mexican Consulate Juan M. Solana should be applauded. The cooperation between our office and their government is extraordinary. I have the greatest respect for these men and the jobs they perform and look forward to assisting them in any way for a successful prosecution."