PRESS RELEASE, 6/12/2013

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in murder of Brittani Robinson

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Michael Hall (DOB 4/18/69) in the April 20, 2013 murder of Brittani Robinson.  Hall is charged with 1 count of Rape (Felony 1), 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1), 2 counts of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony) and 1 count of Gross Abuse of a Corpse (Felony 5).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the possibility of life in prison.

Hall is charged with murdering Miss Robinson in her home in the 900 block of Chateau Avenue on April 20, 2013.  Hall and Miss Robinson were acquaintances.  Miss Robinson was found strangled in her apartment by the Cincinnati Police Department on April 22, 2013 when the police responded to her residence.  Family members called the police when they were not able to reach her for several days.

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled Miss Robinson’s death a homicide by strangulation.

Counts 2 – 5 of today’s indictment relate to Miss Robinson’s murder.  Count 1 of the indictment is a reindictment of case B 1200164.  That case had been dismissed without prejudice when the victim failed to appear in court.  Count 1 of the indictment charges Hall with the rape of an acquaintance on March 27, 2009 and is unrelated to Miss Robinson’s murder.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “The Cincinnati Police Department, and in particular, the Homicide Squad, has been unfairly criticized by some for their failure to solve the rash of recent homicide cases.  Some, like the case of Michael Hall, were “solved” soon after they occurred.  However, since Hall was safely locked up on other charges and not an immediate threat to the community, our office requested that the police wait to bring these murder charges until certain forensic tests were completed.  The vast majority of unsolved cases are due to people with knowledge of the crimes not cooperating with law enforcement and not due to any lack of skill or effort by CPD Homicide.  CPD works extremely hard and I am constantly impressed by how much they care about their victims, sometimes more than the victim’s own family members.”

 

Cincinnati Police Chief James Craig extended his thanks to the Homicide Squad and to Mr. Deters’ office for their cooperation and hard work on this case and echoed Mr. Deters’ sentiments on the efforts put forth by Lt. Bardua and her officers for their work on these recent cases.