Defense seeks new venue for Carlisle cheerleader in buried baby case

Published: Friday, February 09, 2018 @ 4:55 PM


            Brooke Skylar Richardson, right, Carlisle woman accused of killing her infant and burying it in the backyard, seen in December 2017. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF
Brooke Skylar Richardson, right, Carlisle woman accused of killing her infant and burying it in the backyard, seen in December 2017. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

Attorneys for a Carlisle teen accused of killing her infant and then burning and burying the body in the backyard of her home filed a motion to have her trial moved from Warren County. The judge provided a strongly worded response.

Brooke Skylar Richardson, 18, is charged with aggravated murder and several other felonies. Prosecutors say the cheerleader gave birth to a baby girl on May 6 or 7, caused the baby’s death and then covered it up by burning and burying the newborn in the yard. She is free on $50,000 bond.

Charles H. Rittgers and Charles M. Rittgers filed a motion Friday for a change of venue to move the trial “for the reasons contained in the following memorandum.”

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That memorandum apparently was four pages long and contained specifics of the case. Last year, Warren County Judge Donald Oda II issued a gag order prohibiting all parties involved in the case from making public statements about the case.

In his response to the change of venue motion, Oda said, “this case is not going to be tried in the press.”

Oda added in his response that the memorandum attached by the defense “is highly inflammatory and prejudicial to the administration of justice in this case.”

The judge said the defense memorandum “contained references to opinions of expert witnesses, who may or may not be called as witnesses at the trial of this matter and directly quotes at least one expert report …”

The filing was described by Oda as a “self-serving recitation of facts,” with characterization of the defendant’s mental state and other information that poses a “serious and imminent threat” to the jury pool.

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The judge ordered the defense memorandum supporting the change of venue motion stricken from the record. Only pages 1 and 6 of that document, the request and attorneys’ signatures, is now part of the record.

Oda said the case will not be tried in the press, “nor will it be tried in the pleadings. It is particularly troubling that such an inflammatory and prejudicial memorandum would accompany a motion for change of venue.”

The judge then limited attorneys from making reference to multiple elements of the case, including the identity of prospective witnesses, information regarding the alleged victim, the possibility of agreed disposition between parties and any opinion or discussion of evidence.

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A pre-trial conference in the case is scheduled for Feb. 20. A hearing is set for March 14, and Richardson’s trial is scheduled to begin April 16.

Defense attorneys have said Richardson did not kill her baby. The prosecution previously said the baby was born alive. Warren County Coroner Dr. Russell Uptegrove has said the exact cause of death may never be known due to the condition of the remains.

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Coroner ID’s woman shot, killed in drive-by shooting in Dayton

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 6:30 PM
Updated: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 11:33 AM

Dayton Shooting on Euclid Ave.

UPDATE @ 11:26 a.m.

Montgomery County Coroner’s Office confirmed Sherrell Wheatley, 62, of Dayton was the woman shot and killed Saturday while walking near a house targeted by a drive-by shooting in Dayton.

UPDATE @ 9 p.m.

A woman in her 60s was gunned down this evening when she was walking near a house targeted by a drive-by shooting, police said.

The woman, whose name was not released, was an innocent bystander who suffered at least one gunshot wound; she was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries, Dayton police Sgt. Creigee Coleman said.

Police investigate a fatal shooting May 19, 2018, in the 860 block of North Euclid Avenue in Dayton.(DeANGELO BYRD / STAFF)

“A vehicle driven by a male had another male inside the vehicle, and that male fired several rounds towards an unknown house in an attempt to probably cause damage to that house,” Coleman said.

The passenger fired five or six rounds, he said.

Aaron Taylor said the woman was his great aunt.

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“I just happened to pull up, see my auntie in the grass dead,” he said.

He described his aunt as a sweet lady and matriarch of his family and the community.

“Definitely innocent bystander walking up the street,” Taylor said.

Police are searching for a silver Ford Taurus or similar four-door car, and also are asking for the public’s help to come forward with any information.

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“Now this is a situation where a person was indiscriminately firing a weapon, a large-caliber weapon from what I’ve been told, at a house and a person who was innocent just happened to be walking by and got hit by a bullet that has no eyes,” Coleman said.

FIRST REPORT

Police and medics were called this evening to a shooting.

The shooting was reported at 6:10 p.m. in the 800 block of North Euclid Avenue.

At least one person was shot, according to the Montgomery County Regional Dispatch Center.

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According to initial reports, a caller heard 12 to 15 gunshots and saw a woman on the ground.

We are on the way and will update this report as we learn details.

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Stealing car ‘faster than walking’ woman tells Dayton police

Published: Sunday, May 20, 2018 @ 12:08 AM

Brittany Grandberry
MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL
Brittany Grandberry(MONTGOMERY COUNTY JAIL)

A woman accused of grand theft auto said she drove off in a stolen car “because it was faster than walking,” according to a Dayton police report.

Police were called around 9:45 p.m. Friday to Church’s Chicken, 2443 N. Gettysburg Ave., after a woman said her white 2018 Chevrolet Equinox rental was stolen from the parking lot after she went inside to get food.

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The rented vehicle was tracked using OnStar, and a Dayton officer was able to find it a little more than three miles away in the 100 block of North Plaza Avenue, according to a police report.

Police identified the alleged driver as 36-year-old Brittany Grandberry.

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When asked why she drove the vehicle: “she stated that she walked past it and saw it was running and walked back to it. She stated that she drove the vehicle away from Church’s Chicken because it was faster than walking.”

Grandberry is due Monday in Dayton Municipal Court.

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2 men escape Community Corrections Center in Warren County

Published: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 11:14 PM

Daniel Hatfield Jr., left, and Jeremy Mink
Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction
Daniel Hatfield Jr., left, and Jeremy Mink(Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction)

Law enforcement is asking for the public’s help to find two prisoners who escaped Saturday night from the Community Correctional Center.

Deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded around 8:30 p.m. to the area of 5234 state Route 63, the CCC, for a report of two men running through a field. They jumped into an older model silver minivan and fled the area.

The men are identified as Daniel Hatfield Jr. and Jeremy Mink, and were confirmed to have escaped from the facility run by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, according to the sheriff’s office.

Hatfield, 27, stands 5 feet 6 inches, weighs 186 pounds, has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and a white shirt. He is sentenced to CCC after being convicted of a probation violation for drug offenses out of Butler County.

Mink 28, stands 6 feet, 1 inch, weighs 195 pounds has blue eyes and brown hair. He was last seen wearing tan pants and no shirt. He was sentenced to CCC after being convicted of drug offenses out of Clermont County.

Anyone with information on either man’s whereabouts is urged to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at 513-695-1280.

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Sobriety checkpoint: Related patrols net 2 OVI arrests in Trotwood

Published: Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 7:45 PM
Updated: Saturday, May 19, 2018 @ 10:15 PM



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UPDATE @ 10:15 p.m.

Patrols near a sobriety checkpoint Friday night in Trotwood netted two OVI arrests, the Montgomery County Combined Agency Task Force announced tonight.

More than 225 vehicles passed through the checkpoint at 4825 Salem Ave., which resulted in five citations: one for no seat belt; two for driving under suspension and two for no operator's license. 

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In nearby patrols, there were nine traffic stops with two OVI arrests; three citations for no seat belt; one citation for fictitious registration; and one misdemeanor summons for marijuana possession, according to the task force. 

The goals of the sobriety checkpoints are to provide public awareness to the consequences of driving under the influence, reduce the number of impaired drivers on the roadways, reduce the number of alcohol-related traffic crashes, and make the roadways a safer place to travel, the task force said.

FIRST REPORT

An OVI checkpoint is planned for tonight in Trotwood.

The Montgomery County Combined Agency OVI Task Force’s sobriety checkpoint starts at 8 p.m. in the 4800 block of Salem Avenue.

Ohio law requires OVI checkpoints to be publicized ahead of time.

There also will be patrols in the area of the checkpoint in addition to patrols for the “Click It or Ticket” campaign through May and June, according to the task force.

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