CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Four adults and a teen have been indicted on charges in what officials described Thursday as “targeted” murders.
The four killings happened between Jan. 31 and Feb. 18, according to the Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office.
The first was the murder of 19-year-old Jeremiah Campbell on Jan. 31.
According to Deters, someone hired Carl Godfrey to kill Campbell. The prosecutor says Godfrey and Jason Gray went to where Campbell was staying in Avondale and shot him.
The next night, the 14-year-old indicted for murder shot and killed Terrance North, Deters says.
North and another person were inside a vehicle in Fairmount on Feb. 1 when the teen started shooting at them, according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office. The other victim survived, but North died.
Godfrey was hired to kill someone else on Feb. 16, Deters says, but he sent three other people instead.
Conn Inabnitt drove Gray, Mario Gordon, and the 14-year-old to the intended target’s home in Westwood, Deters says.
When the target arrived, he was in a vehicle with two other people including 27-year-old Deontray Otis.
Otis, who was not the intended target according to Deters, was shot and killed. The two other people in the car survived.
The final murder on Feb. 18 was retaliation for another incident, according to Deters.
Godfrey and the 14-year-old went to Millvale where they ran into Donnell Steele, 30.
Deters says the two suspects shot and killed Steele but he was not specifically targeted.
These five people are “not a gang in the traditional sense,” officials said Thursday.
Money and drugs could be the motives in these crimes.
“Money, I think, is a motivator,” said Lt. David Johnston. “That’s part of this. Drugs is part of this as well.”
Godfrey is not a stranger to law enforcement.
He was arrested and convicted in 2019 on felonious assault charges when a woman was shot in the Roll Hill subdivision of Westwood.
Gray was arrested in Mississippi and is pending extradition back to Ohio, the prosecutor’s office says.
All five, who were indicted on murder and other charges, face life in prison if they are convicted, Deters says.
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