PRESS RELEASE, 5/2/2011

Hamilton County Prosecutor announces indictment in murder of Charles Martin

Defendant Bell faces death penalty in murder

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of David Bell (B 1102809/DOB 12/21/88) and Annisha Smith (B 1102685/DOB 11/26/92) for the January 31, 2011 Butler County aggravated robbery of Brandyn Ward and the April 23, 2011 Hamilton County aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and murder of Charles Martin.

In Bell’s indictment, he is charged with Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) and Having Weapons Under Disability (Felony 3) for the January 31 incident.  In regard to Mr. Martin’s April 23rd murder he is charged with 2 counts of Aggravated Murder (Capital Offense), Attempted Murder (Felony 1), Aggravated Burglary (Felony 1), Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) and Having Weapons under Disability (Felony 3).  If convicted of all charges, Bell faces the possibility of the death penalty.

In Smith’s indictment, she is charged with Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) for the January 31st robbery of Mr. Ward.  She is also charged with Murder (Special Felony), Attempted Murder (Felony 1), Aggravated Burglary (Felony 1) and Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) for the April 23rd murder of Mr. Martin.  If convicted of all charges, Smith faces the possibility of life in prison.

On January 31, 2011, Bell and Smith are accused of robbing Brandyn Ward at Smith’s Butler County, Ohio residence.  Smith is accused of luring Ward to her residence and pretending to be a victim of the robbery while, in fact, she was working in concert with Bell to commit the aggravated robbery.  Taken in the robbery was Ward’s handgun which is believed to be the weapon used to commit the April 23rd murder of Charles Martin.

On April 23, 2011 Bell and Smith are accused of the aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and murder of Charles Martin and the attempted murder of another individual whose name is not being released at this time.  They used the same modus operandi as in the Ward case with Smith pretending to befriend one of Mr. Martin’s roommates while allowing Bell access to Martin’s residence on Enright Avenue in Price Hill. Bell is accused of shooting and killing Mr. Martin and trying to kill the second individual. 

Bell and Smith were caught shortly after the murder in the vicinity of the homicide.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “David Bell is a cold-blooded murderer, who if free, would continue to rob and kill people.  The death penalty is appropriate for individuals such as him.”