PRESS RELEASE, 10/28/2011

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces death penalty indictment in death of Demarcus Jackson

Father facing the death penalty in murder of child.

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Antrone Smith (DOB 10-9-82) and Latricia E. Jackson (DOB 1-18-89) in the death of their child DeMarcus Jackson (DOB 8-10-09).  Smith is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder with a death penalty specification, 1 count of Murder (Special Felony) and 1 count of Felonious Assault (Felony 2).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of the death penalty.  Latricia Jackson is charged with 1 count of Child Endangering (Felony 3) for a lack of care that resulted in the injuries to DeMarcus.  If convicted of the charge, she faces the possibility of 9-36 months in prison.

On October 21, 2011 defendant Smith called 911 to report a medical emergency at his home at 3119 Brackenwoods Lane involving his child.  Smith and Jackson lived at this residence with their 5 young children.  Smith told the 911 operator that the child was, “not breathing.”  The victim was transported to Children’s Hospital where he was pronounced dead. 

The medical examination revealed numerous injuries to the child including contusions on the left jaw, left eye, legs, arms and midsection.  There were also lacerations above his penis, on the back of his neck, above his left ear and on his left buttocks.  The medical examination also revealed an untreated burn on his right hand.  The coroner ruled the death a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

DeMarcus’ 4 siblings (ages 5 years and younger) were immediately removed from the home and have been placed in the care of the Hamilton County Department of Jobs and Family Services.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “I am sickened to be announcing yet again a death penalty case involving a little baby victim.  Two-year-old DeMarcus suffered injuries beyond horrific in nature.  It is simply heartbreaking.”