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Pair indicted in deadly robbery

Annisha Smith (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) Annisha Smith (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
David Bell (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office) David Bell (Source: Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has announced the indictment of two people for a deadly robbery and burglary.

David Bell, 22, and Annisha Smith, 18, have been indicted fro the January 2011 aggravated robbery of Brandyn Ward and the April 2011 aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and murder of Charles Martin.

In Bell's indictment, he is charged with Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) and Having Weapons Under Disability (Felony 3) for the January 31 incident.  He is also charged with two counts of Aggravated Murder (Capital Offense), Attempted Murder (Felony 1), Aggravated Burglary (Felony 1), Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) and Having Weapons under Disability (Felony 3) for the murder of Martin. If convicted of all charges, Bell faces the possibility of the death penalty.

In Smith's indictment, she is charged with Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) for the January incident. She is also charged with Murder (Special Felony), Attempted Murder (Felony 1), Aggravated Burglary (Felony 1) and Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1) for the murder of Martin.  If convicted of all charges, Smith faces the possibility of life in prison.

On January 31, 2011 Bell and Smith are accused of robbing Brandyn Ward at Smith's Butler County residence.  Smith is accused of luring Ward to her residence and pretending to be a victim of the robbery while, in fact, she was working with Bell to commit the aggravated robbery.  Taken in the robbery was Ward's handgun, which is believed to be the weapon used to commit the April 23 murder of Charles Martin.

On April 23, 2011 Bell and Smith are accused of the aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and murder of Charles Martin and the attempted murder of another individual whose name is not being released at this time. 

They used the same method as in the Ward case, with Smith pretending to befriend one of  Martin's roommates while allowing Bell access to Martin's residence on Enright Avenue in Price Hill. Bell is accused of shooting and killing Martin and trying to kill the second individual. 

Bell and Smith were caught shortly after the murder in the vicinity of the homicide.


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