PRESS RELEASE, 12/26/2012

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces murder indictment in Netherland Plaza case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Joseph Tucker Jr. (DOB 5-19-77) for the December 7th murder of Netherland Plaza security guard Richard K. Campbell (DOB 12-7-54).  Tucker is now charged with two counts of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), two counts of Murder (Special Felony), one count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) and one count of Burglary (Felony 2).   If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison without the possibility of parole. 

On December 7th at 6:00 a.m. Cincinnati Police responded to the Netherland Plaza Hotel located at 35 West Fifth Street in downtown Cincinnati for a report of a deceased hotel employee.  When the officers arrived, they found Mr. Campbell dead in a stairwell.  Mr. Campbell had been a security guard at the hotel for 8 years.

The police investigation led to Mr. Tucker and his December 14th arrest and indictment today.  Tucker was captured on hotel surveillance video close in time to Mr. Campbell’s murder and in the vicinity of his murder. 

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled that Mr. Campbell died as the result of 6-8 stab wounds with a sharp-edged weapon.  No weapon was recovered.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “We owe thanks to Hamilton County Coroner Dr. Sammarco and her office for their speedy work on this case in order to help the police make this arrest and get this indictment today.”