Press Releases

CLERMONT COUNTY PROSECUTOR CLOSES CASE OF OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

August 1, 2022

Clermont County

On May 20, 2022, at approximately 5:00 pm, Miami Township Police Officers were dispatched to 947 State Route 28 to conduct a welfare check on Camille Artice Weems. Upon Arrival, the officers observed Ms. Weems approaching their vehicles. Ms. Weems was carrying a handgun. Officers directed Ms. Weems to drop the weapon, but she refused to do so and instead advanced toward police officers.

Ms. Weems then crouched down taking a shooter’s stance, pointed her gun in the direction of the police officers, and fired the weapon. A few seconds later, Ms. Weems continued walking toward the officers, crouched down again, and fired a second shot at the police officers. An officer returned fire, resulting in Weems’ death.

Within minutes after the shooting, the Miami Township Police Department requested the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations investigate this Officer-Involved Critical Incident.

BCI concluded its investigation on July 1, 2022, and submitted its summary to my office. The BCI report has been reviewed in detail, including the body worn camera and cruiser camera of the police officer involved. I have concluded that the actions of the Miami Township police officers were not only reasonable and appropriate, but were absolutely necessary to protect their lives and to ensure the safety of the public. As such, this matter is closed

I wish to thank all of law enforcement who daily put their lives on the line in order to keep us safe.

Mark J. Tekulve

Clermont County Prosecuting Attorney

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CLERMONT COUNTY MAN INDICTED ON 27 COUNTS OF RAPE

June 30, 2022

Clermont County

Today, Clermont County Prosecutor Mark J. Tekulve announced that a Clermont County Grand Jury returned a direct indictment against Dean Price Jr., age 44, of Pierce Township, Ohio. Price was indicted today, June 30, 2022 on a total of twenty-seven counts of Rape, felonies of the first degree. If convicted on all counts, Price faces life in prison.

While incarcerated in the Clermont County jail on unrelated crimes, Price reached out to Clermont County Sheriff’s Office Detectives to confess to his horrid past.  Price told Detectives that several years ago, he raped his girlfriend’s daughter, who was under the age of ten. Detectives investigated the matter and determined through Price’s confession and confirmation from the victim, now an adult, that Price had repeatedly raped a female child, under the age of ten from June of 2006 until February of 2007 in Clermont County Ohio. 

 I want to thank Sheriff Leahy and his investigators for their great work on this case.

“My office is committed to ensuring that justice is served and Price takes his last breath in prison.”

          – Mark J. Tekulve, Clermont County Prosecuting Attorney.

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STATEMENT FROM CLERMONT COUNTY PROSECUTING ATTORNEY REGARDING THEFT ALLEGATIONS AT CLERMONT SENIOR SERVICES

June 23, 2022

Clermont County

My office has received numerous inquiries regarding theft allegations from Clermont Senior Services. Please see the following summary.

On April 22, 2022, my office was informed of acts of theft allegedly committed by the former Chief Financial Officer of Clermont Senior Services, Inc., Greg Carson, who passed away in early January 2022.

My office immediately notified authorities at Williamsburg Township, as Greg Carson also served as the fiscal officer for the township. My office referred the Williamsburg question to the Auditor of State in May 2022.

The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office was briefed on the matter from the outset and it was agreed the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation would be requested to provide assistance owing to its expertise and available personnel in fraud cases and forensic accounting. BCI was contacted and an informational meeting was scheduled in Batavia for May 2, 2022 at the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office. A BCI Fraud Investigator and Forensic Accounting Supervisor attended the meeting with myself and assistant prosecutors. On May 4, 2022, my office submitted a formal request for assistance to BCI.

In late May 2022, after considering the absence of information indicating anyone other than Greg Carson was involved in these allegations, and since there were no living suspects, further criminal investigation was not warranted.

I appreciate the diligence of the Attorney General’s Office in responding to our request for assistance.

Mark J. Tekulve

Clermont County Prosecuting Attorney

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MAN INDICTED FOR MURDER, WHO FLED THE STATE TO AVOID PROSECUTION, RETURNED TO CLERMONT

June 21, 2022

Clermont County

Prosecuting Attorney, Mark J. Tekulve, announces the extradition and return of defendant Kyle Johnston, indicted for murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, felonious assault, weapons under disability, and tampering with evidence to Clermont County. (State v. Kyle Johnston, 2020 CR 001004)

Johnston and the victim, Kendra Hoskins, were in a relationship. On the evening of the offense, the defendant and victim left the victim’s apartment together with the defendant having possession of the 9mm handgun. While seated in the victim’s vehicle, the defendant and victim got into an argument and the defendant shot the victim in the abdomen using the handgun.

Bond was initially set at $125,000 c/p/re on December 4, 2020 by Judge Victor M. Haddad, citing considerations of Ohio Constitution Article I, section 9, criminal rule 46, and ORC 2937.222

On December 23, 2020, a different judge, reduced Johnston’s bond to $50,000.  Both bonds did include reporting probation conditions. The defendant was able to post the reduced bond amount on February 23, 2021 through a surety bond, and was released from jail.

On March 23, 2021, another bond review was scheduled due to the defendant testing positive for methamphetamine while on reporting bond. At that time, the Court kept the cash portion of the bond the same, and ordered the defendant to enter a drug treatment program as a condition of bond.

On April 15, 2021, the court scheduled a bond review hearing because the defendant had ceased reporting as ordered. The defendant failed to appear, and a bench warrant was issued for the defendant’s arrest. Ultimately, the Prosecutor’s Office became aware that the defendant had fled to Georgia in an attempt to avoid prosecution. While in Georgia, the defendant was arrested on warrants from that State. Almost fifteen months after being indicted, the defendant was finally returned to face murder charges in Clermont County, Ohio.  

Today, a bond hearing was held for Johnstone before Judge Kevin T. Miles. Due to the defendant’s failure to appear, his flight from the state, and continued drug use, bond was set at $1,000,000 cash, professional, or real estate, with a court date scheduled for pre-trial on July 6, 2022.

If convicted of all counts, the defendant faces a maximum possible prison sentence of life with the possibility of parole after forty-two (42) years.

Prosecutor Mark Tekulve, again, offers his condolences to the family of Kendra Hoskins. Tekulve further emphasized that, “While, the bail reform issues within this State have caused the family of Kendra Hoskins additional pain delaying justice in this matter, my office will endeavor to convict Johnston for the heinous acts he committed, and will seek the maximum sentence.”

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________PAPAROLE HEARING SCHEDULED FOR CONVICTED CHILD MURDERER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 3, 2022

Clermont County Prosecuting Attorney, Mark J. Tekulve, announces that David Joseph Carroll has his first scheduled Parole Board hearing in July 2022. Carroll was convicted in 2007 for the heinous murder of three-year-old Marcus Fiesel. Marcus was a child with autism being fostered by David and Liz Carroll. Instead of taking Marcus on a weekend trip to a family reunion in Kentucky, the Carrolls wrapped Marcus in a blanket from neck to ankles and put tape around him to prevent his escape. They then placed Marcus in a playpen in an upstairs closet. Though a fan was placed in the closet, the temperature inside rose to well over 100 degrees.   The Carrolls then left with their other children and, not wanting to leave the dog at home, brought it along as well.

When they returned more than thirty hours later, Marcus was deceased. Instead of alerting the police, David and Liz concocted a plan to get rid of Marcus’ body and fake his disappearance. David put Marcus’ body in a moving box and covered him with clothes. He and his live-in paramour, Amy, purchased gas and drove to an abandoned chimney Amy knew of in Brown County. There, David doused the box in gasoline and lit the flame. When David and Amy returned, David collected the remains in a garbage bag and pillow cases and threw them off of a bridge into the Ohio River.

David and Liz then faked Marcus’ disappearance, causing a massive search and rescue operation. Amy ultimately confessed to her involvement in the case, causing Liz to admit they had left Marcus in the closet. Liz’s case went to trial, where she was convicted on all charges and was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after more than fifty years. David Carroll pleaded guilty less than a week later to Murder and Gross Abuse of a Corpse. He was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.

Persons wishing to submit a written statement concerning this hearing may send such statement to the Ohio Parole Board, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, 4545 Fisher Road, Suite D, Columbus, OH 43228.  Please include the offender’s name and number on any correspondence.    

David Joseph Carroll, No. A546573           

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CONVICTED CHILD MURDERER DIES AWAITING DEATH SENTENCE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 6, 2022

Clermont County Prosecuting Attorney, Mark J. Tekulve, announces that Michael Webb, convicted in 1991 for the murder of his three year old son Mikey, died Monday on death row awaiting execution. He was scheduled to be executed July 19, 2023.

Webb was convicted of 13 counts including Aggravated Murder, Attempted Aggravated Murder, Aggravated Arson, and Aggravated Theft. On November 21, 1990, Webb murdered his three year old son, Mikey, at their home in Goshen Township. Webb planned to kill his wife and children in order to collect insurance money and be with his mistress. Webb poured gasoline throughout both stories of his house, including over the beds of his sleeping children. He used a match to start the fire inside of the house. Webb’s two teenage daughters were in the house but were able to escape the fire. Webb’s wife and infant son were rescued by firefighters.  Mikey, the three year old, tragically died of smoke inhalation. He was found under his bed, presumably hiding from the fire.

Webb’s fingerprints were found on a plastic soda bottle which contained gasoline and on a matchbook. Both items were found at the scene. Daniel J. “Woody” Breyer, former Clermont County Assistant Prosecutor who successfully prosecuted the death penalty case against Webb stated, “Webb was the most evil person I have prosecuted, and most deserving of the death penalty. He had no conscience.”

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MURDER SUSPECT DECEASED AWAITING TRIAL

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 29, 2022

Kilo Moton, charged with the murder of the mother of his children, Megan Applegate, died in the care of a medical facility this morning.  Moton had been diagnosed with an unrelated illness.

Clermont County Prosecutor Mark J. Tekulve commented, “My thoughts go out to Megan’s family. Hopefully this will provide some closure and solace for them. Also, I want to commend the Assistant Prosecutors who prepared the case and the Clermont County Sheriff’s deputies who monitored Mr. Moton while under medical care.  Their efforts allowed Mr. Moton to die with the dignity he denied Megan.”

On January 11, 2021, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office responded to 28 Church Street for a report of female subject lying unresponsive inside of the apartment. Detectives from the Clermont County Sheriff’s office discovered Megan Applegate, with visible injuries, deceased. Moton was subsequently arrested and charged with her murder. 

Moton was indicted on April 13, 2021 and was facing 3 counts of Murder, 1 count of Kidnapping, 1 count of Felonious Assault, 1 count of Endangering Children, 2 counts of Domestic Violence, and 2 counts of Theft.

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Clermont County Prosecutor Mark J. Tekulve Announces Guilty Verdict in State vs. Angelina Hamrick  

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                              

April 30, 2021                                                                                                                  

***UPDATED on May 6, 2021***

Sentencing is scheduled for May 28, 2021 at 1:00 pm before Judge Jerry McBride.

On April 29, 2021, after a three week jury trial held before Judge Jerry McBride, Angelina Hamrick was found guilty of killing her estranged husband, Jason Hamrick. Hamrick was found guilty of one count of Aggravated Murder with a gun specification. Her sentencing will be scheduled for a future date.

Clermont County Prosecutor Mark J. Tekulve is proud to announce that the conviction was secured through the hard work and dedicated efforts of Assistant Prosecutors Katie Terpstra and Robert Barbato. Terpstra and Barbato spent countless hours over 18 months preparing for this case.  The trial was continued three times due to the pandemic.

On June 30, 2019, the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office was asked to investigate a report of a missing person. Jason Hamrick had been expected to attend a family function in Indiana that afternoon, but Jason’s son notified family members that no one had seen or heard from Jason for two days. Jason’s estranged wife, Angelina Hamrick, was found at the marital residence with their sons and had no explanation about Jason’s whereabouts.

Later on June 30, 2019, Jason’s body was found about half a mile from his home in Tate Township. He had been executed with a gunshot to the top of his head and his body and clothing showed evidence of being drug across a hard surface for some distance after his death. The Clermont County Sheriff’s Office is to be commended for the outstanding investigation conducted by numerous Deputies into Jason’s death. The Sheriff’s Office discovered multiple items of evidence at the Hamrick residence, on and around Jason’s body, and between the Hamrick residence and the location where Angelina dumped Jason’s body.

Angelina Hamrick’s boyfriend told investigators that Angelina had been planning the murder of her husband in order to obtain custody of her children. He additionally told investigators that she had called him following the murder of Jason on June 28, 2019 and admitted that she had just killed Jason in the marital home. Angelina told her boyfriend that she intended to dispose of Jason’s body and the other relevant evidence and clean up the crime scene.

Detectives found evidence of a massive amount of cleaned up blood in the family room area of the home. Additionally, they found drops of Jason’s blood in the basement and deck of the home, as well as on Jason’s van.

Ms. Hamrick is facing up to life in prison. The Prosecutor’s Office will seek the maximum sentence allowable under the law.

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Clermont County Prosecutor Mark J. Tekulve Announces Murder Indictment against Cody Crawford

February 24, 2021

Today, Clermont County Prosecutor Mark J. Tekulve announced four indictments against Cody Crawford (06/15/1993) of Loveland, Ohio. Crawford was indicted on February 23, 2021 and was charged with 2 counts of Murder (Unclassified Felony), 1 count of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3), and 1 count of Carrying Concealed Weapon (Felony 4). If convicted on all counts, Crawford faces the possibility of 22 years to life in prison.

Crawford is charged with the murder of Corey Lawwill. On February 14, 2021, Pierce Township Police and the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office responded to 352 St. Andrews Drive for a report of an active shooter. After an investigation, Crawford was initially charged in Clermont County Municipal Court and held on $500,000 cash or professional bond.

Crawford is currently in the Clermont County Jail. At arraignment in front of Judge McBride, Crawford entered a not guilty plea and bond was set at $250,000 cash/professional/real estate (Case No. 2021 CR 000147).  A pre-trial conference is scheduled for March 08, 2021 at 8:00 am.