PRESS RELEASE, 8/20/2014

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces indictment in Lockland murder

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of Christopher McFerron (4/6/70) and Jason Brown (4/11/81) in the July 25th  murder of 72-year-old Lockland resident James Rolman.  McFerron and Brown are charged with Aggravated Murder, Murder, Aggravated Robbery and Kidnapping.  McFerron was also charged with one count of Failure to Comply.  If convicted, the defendants could serve life without the possibility of parole.

Mr. Rolman was the owner of Hirschberg Steel Company and Recycling Center. He was last seen after making a cash withdrawal at the U.S. Bank in Lockland shortly before noon on 7/25.  He withdrew a large amount of money to operate his business.  Bank video shows McFerron getting into the car with Rolman.  This is the last time that the victim was seen alive.

When Mr. Rolman did not return to his office as was his usual practice, his employees became concerned and contacted the police.  He was reported as a missing person early that afternoon.

On 7/26, Mr. Rolman’s body was found inside his car at a closed trucking company on Smalley Road.  He had been shot in the back of the head.  He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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

McFerron was arrested on 7/26 after police tried to stop his vehicle.  Stop sticks were eventually deployed to stop his car.  During the police chase, McFerron held a gun to his own head.  Eventually, McFerron stopped the car and the police were able to arrest him.  He was taken to the hospital because he had ingested heroin.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “Mr. Rolman was someone who made a habit out of helping people.  If McFerron and Brown had asked Mr. Rolman for money, he probably would have given it to them.  Unfortunately, our community lost someone who tried to help others and got two more people facing a life time in prison.”