Grand jury fails to indict shooter in fatal St. Bernard incident

SAINT BERNARD, OH (FOX19) - A Hamilton County grand jury has failed to indict a man who was involved in a fatal St. Bernard shooting.

Ralph Powers, 60, shot Jeremy Hibbett, 20, to death on Aug. 3 at Powers' home in St. Bernard.

Powers lived at the home with his wife and two step-daughters. Investigators say Hibbett was acquainted with one of the step-daughters and there had been numerous problems in the past with Hibbett and police had been called several times to remove him from the Powers' property.

On the night of the shooting, Hibbett refused to leave the Powers' home after numerous requests by the family members.  The other family members alerted Powers to the situation and he went outside to order Hibbett to leave his property.  Hibbett came toward Powers and Powers fired one shot at Hibbett.  Powers immediately called 911 for assistance.

"Ralph Powers has no criminal record and was protecting his property and family," said Prosecutor Joe Deters. "I am sure that this was a traumatic event for everyone involved.  However, a man placed in this situation should not face criminal charges. I could not agree more with the grand jury's decision."

Ralph Powers is a college educated 60 year-old military veteran who holds a master's degree.

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