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Hamilton County Prosecutors: Murder victim was targeted witness

Aaron Burns (Source: Cincinnati Police) Aaron Burns (Source: Cincinnati Police)
Desmond Criswell (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Desmond Criswell (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
James Johnson (Source Cincinnati Police) James Johnson (Source Cincinnati Police)
Keyvonte Criswell (Source Cincinnati Police) Keyvonte Criswell (Source Cincinnati Police)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Hamilton County Prosecutors on Tuesday claimed that two men indicted with the murder of an Avondale man targeted that man because he was witness to a murder.

On June 24, 19-year-old James Johnson and 20-year-old Desmond Criswell were arrested for the murder of 37-year-old Aaron Burns. Prosecutors now claim that Burns was targeted by the duo.

According to prosecutors, Aaron Burns was a witness to a murder involving Keyvonte Criswell, the cousin of one of the indicted. Keyvonte Criswell was charged with a February murder in Avondale.

Prosecutors allege Desmond Criswell and James Johnson were able to find Burns by looking at a list of names provided by the defense during a pretrial discovery procedure, where attorneys get to find out what evidence the other attorneys have. No addresses were given during this procedure, but the two were still able to hunt Burns down.

Criswell and Johnson are now awaiting trial in the Hamilton County Justice Center. They are both charged with aggravated murder. Keyvonte Criswell has also been charged with the aggravated murder of Burns, along with his other charges.

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