PRESS RELEASE, 2/1/2011

Hamilton County Prosecutor announces death penalty indictment in Aggravated Robbery case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the death penalty indictment of Westwood resident Deron Howard (DOB 3/30/88) in the July 7, 2007 murder of Charles McCray II and the attempted murder of Michael Tucker, Jr.  Howard is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Attempted Murder (Felony 1), 1 count of Weapon Under Disability (Felony 3) and 2 counts of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of the death penalty.

Howard shot and killed Mr. McCray while trying to rob him in the driveway of his cousin’s Bond Hill home on Yarmouth Avenue.  Mr. MCray and his friend, Mr. Tucker, were stopping at the house with some other friends before going out for the evening.  The defendant shot and killed Mr. McCray and wounded Mr. Tucker in a random and unprovoked robbery.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “The Cincinnati Police Department and, in particular Office Jennifer Mitsch, did a great job investigating this case and would not rest until Mr. McCray’s killer was apprehended.”