PRESS RELEASE, 3/17/2009

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces the Indictment of Anthony Kirkland


Deters calls Kirkland "a serial killer" who "deserves nothing less than execution."

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the multi-count indictment of 40-year-old Anthony Kirkland (dob 9/13/68).

Kirkland is charged with Attempted Rape, Aggravated Robbery, 2 counts of Aggravated Murder with death specifications and Gross Abuse of a Corpse in the murder of 13-year-old Winton Hills resident Esme Kenney. These charges carry the possibility of the death penalty.

Esme left home on March 7 for an afternoon jog in her neighborhood. When she did not return as expected, her parents contacted the Cincinnati Police who began a search for her. Her body was recovered in a wooded area near her home in the early morning hours of Sunday, March 8. Esme had been strangled, sexually assaulted, and burned.

On March 7 at approximately 11:30 p.m., Cincinnati Police discovered Kirkland sleeping in the woods near her body. Kirkland was in possession of Esme's watch and I-pod.

After the discovery of Esme Kenney's body and the investigation into her murder, Kirkland was linked to two unsolved Cincinnati homicides.

Kirkland is now charged with in the deaths of 14-year-old Avondale resident Casonya "Sharee" Crawford and 45-year-old College Hill resident Mary Jo Newton.

The burned body of Sharee Crawford was found on May 9, 2006 near 1000 Blair Avenue in Avondale. Kirkland is now charged with Attempted Rape, Aggravated Robbery, 2 counts of Aggravated Murder with death specifications and Gross Abuse of a Corpse in her murder. These charges carry the possibility of the death penalty.

On June 15, 2006 the burned body of Mary Jo Newton was found in the 700 block of Wehrman Avenue in Avondale. Kirkland is now charged with Murder and Gross Abuse of a Corpse for her death. These charges carry the possibility of life in prison.

Deters commented, "Kirkland is a serial killer. He deserves nothing less than execution."