PRESS RELEASE, 5/12/2016

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces aggravated murder indictment for murder of Parris Hummons

Today, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of John Sanders (DOB 4/13/95) and Robert Carpenter (DOB 6/28/96) for the April 16th death of 19-year-old Parris Hummons and the felonious assault of 20-year-old Kristian Williams.

Sanders is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony),  1 count of Murder (Special Felony), 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2), 1 count of Weapon Under Disability (Felony 3), 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3) and 1 count of Trafficking in Cocaine (Felony 5).  Carpenter is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Murder (Special Felony), 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2) and 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3).   If convicted of all charges, Sanders and Carpenter face the possibility of life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Sanders and Carpenter are charged with shooting at the vehicle in which Miss Hummons and Miss Williams were riding.  The shooting occurred at approximately 10:00 p.m. in the vicinity of 1819 Dale Road as the women were driving home to get ready to go out for the evening.  After the shooting, Miss Williams drove the vehicle to the parking lot of the Hook Fish and Chicken restaurant which is located near the intersection of Reading and Dale Road.  When the police arrived, they found Miss Williams, who was driving the vehicle, shot in the arm.  Her passenger, Miss Hummons, was shot in the head and died as a result of her injuries. 

Miss Williams was treated at the hospital and ultimately released.  The Hamilton County Coroner ruled Miss Hummons’ death a homicide as a result of the gunshot wound. 

The vehicle they were in belonged to a friend of Miss Williams and it is not thought that Miss Hummons or Miss Williams were the intended target. 

Both women were college students and met while in school.  Miss Hummons was in Cincinnati for the evening to visit Miss Williams.

The arraignment for both defendants is set for Friday, May 13th at 1:15 p.m. in front of Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas Judge Jody Luebbers (Room 510).

Prosecutor Deters commented, “This is a horrible case.  We have two innocent young women the victims of a senseless crime. 

I want to commend the Cincinnati Police Department for their diligence and hard work in finding the people who committed this terrible crime. I also want to commend Cincinnati Councilmember Christopher Smitherman for his efforts to find justice for these victims.”