PRESS RELEASE, 11/19/2010

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces sentencing in Sharonville multiple homicide case


Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the sentence for 34 year-old Mexican national 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. Moreno was prosecuted in Mexico and sentenced to 120 years in prison.

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. The defendant was presumed to have fled to Mexico.

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. Key witnesses were located in Mexico and it would have been impossible to secure their appearance for a trial in Hamilton County.

On April 19, 2009 Santiago Moreno was arrested in Tampico, Tampaulipas, which is located along the east coast of Mexico. The Hamilton County cases were unsealed and released to Mexico for prosecution in Mexico.

In June, 2009 Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mark Piepmeier, Assistant Prosecutor Linda Calambas and Sharonville Det. Aaron Blasky traveled to Tampico to assist Mexican officials with the prosecution. They met with the Mexican prosecutors, went to the prison in Tampico to retrieve a DNA sample from the defendant, and appeared in court with Mexican prosecutors to commence the prosecution.

The case was tried in Tampico and Moreno was convicted and sentenced to 120 years in prison.

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 the Federal Bureau of Investigation and its Special Agent, Clay Huesman, for all of their 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, and Carlos Diaz de Leon of the Special Foreign Prosecution Unit, were extraordinary.

The Mexican Consulate (Indianapolis, IN) Juan M. Solana should be applauded. The cooperation between our office and their government was outstanding throughout this case."