PRESS RELEASE, 6/21/2013

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces death penalty indictment in Cosmic Pizza case

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced a death penalty indictment against Westwood resident John G. Deloney (DOB 8/18/85) in the June 15th murder of Richard Allen Evans.  Deloney is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony) during the commission of an Aggravated Robbery with both death penalty and gun specifications and 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) with gun specifications.  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of the death penalty.

On June 15th at approximately 6:00 p.m., Deloney entered Cosmic Pizza located at 7 Woodsdale Avenue in Hartwell, Ohio.  The store was occupied by owner/operator Richard Allen Evans, his wife and 3 children.  Mr. Evans and his wife were in the main area of the store while the children played in a back play area.  Deloney entered the store and placed an order for food.  He then produced a handgun and demanded money.  Mr. Evans and Deloney struggled over the handgun when Mr. Evans was shot at close range.  After being shot, Mr. Evans attempted to escape from Deloney but Deloney continued to follow him and shoot him three additional times. Mr. Evans was able to exit Cosmic Pizza and make it to a front yard adjacent to his establishment where he died.

Deloney did not obtain any money or other property during this offense.

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled the death a homicide as a result of gunshot wounds. 

Neither Mr. Evans’ wife nor children were injured during this robbery/murder.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “I would first like to personally thank the Homicide Unit of the Cincinnati Police Department for their tireless efforts in solving this crime and apprehending this killer.  We are truly blessed to have these dedicated men and women doing this important job.


This cowardly act of hunting down an innocent unarmed man in front of his wife and family deserves nothing less than execution.  That will be our goal.”