PRESS RELEASE, 11/2/2009

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces the indictment of James House III


Defendant faces life in prison in murder of 93-year-old woman.

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph Deters announced the indictment of James House III (dob 4/2/81) in the murder of 93-year-old Roselawn resident Ida Martin.

House is charged with one count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony) in the October 20, 2009 stabbing of Ms. Martin. If convicted of Aggravated Murder, he faces a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

House stabbed Mrs. Martin at 1581 Summit Road in Roselawn in front of the apartment building where she lived. Cincinnati Police responded to the scene and transported Mrs. Martin to University Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

House had been charged in 1999 with stabbing three women in Roselawn. He was found Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity in that case and spent ten years, which was the maximum time allowed by law, in psychiatric treatment. On June 1, 2009 Judge Ralph Winkler dismissed the insanity proceedings against House and referred the matter to the Hamilton County Probate Court.

Prosecutor Deters commented, "Unfortunately, the problem is the shifting standards set by the Courts for dealing with people with mental difficulties. Now is the time to look at other state's models and consider changing the law to ensure that these types of offenders are held for the longest possible period of time. Other states have statutory provisions that permit a "guilty but insane" finding to ensure that these types of offenders remain off the streets."