Franklin County Prosecutor

Retired judge Gary Tyack was elected as Franklin County Prosecutor, ousting longtime Republican Ron O'Brien.
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Newly elected Franklin County Prosecutor Gary Tyack says the first item on his agenda is diversifying the staff within prosecutor's office.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien giving closing arguments in the case of Quentin Smith, who killed two Westerville Police officers, on Oct. 31, 2019.
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Long-time Republican prosecutor Ron O'Brien lost his bid for a seventh term. O'Brien conceded the race early Wednesday morning to Democratic retired judge Gary Tyack.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien giving closing arguments in the case of Quentin Smith, who killed two Westerville Police officers, on Oct. 31, 2019.
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The longest-serving prosecutor in Franklin County’s history, Republican Ron O’Brien, has a challenger for his seat this election, Democratic candidate Gary Tyack. Activists are looking at the prosecutor’s office as another opportunity for criminal justice reforms.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, right, speaks alongside Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, left, during a news conference to discuss cases linked to Samuel Little, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Columbus.
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No-knock warrants have gotten a lot of attention – most notably in the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed in March during a shootout between her boyfriend and police in Louisville, Ky.

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The League of Women Voters is partnering with the Columbus Metropolitan Library to host a series of forums with local candidates in the run-up to Ohio's election.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, right, speaks alongside Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, left, during a news conference to discuss cases linked to Samuel Little, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Columbus.
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A grand jury last year indicted former Columbus Police Vice officer Andrew Mitchell on charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter for killing Donna Castleberry. It was first time in two decades that a Franklin County grand jury voted to indict an officer for fatally shooting a civilian.

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Franklin County prosecutors are pursuing vehicular homicide charges against a man who allegedly crashed a car during a police pursuit while under the influence, killing a passenger.

A banner at the Mount Carmel West campus in Columbus on Jan. 30, 2019.
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Former Mount Carmel employees and fired doctor William Husel have filed lawsuits against the hospital system over the last few weeks. In an exclusive interview with WOSU, three nurses defend their actions – and Husel’s – in providing what the hospital called "excessive and potentially fatal" doses of pain medications to patients. 

Quentin Smith was found guilty of aggravated murder in the death of Westerville Police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli.
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A Franklin County jury has found Quentin Smith guilty on all counts, including aggravated murder, in the 2018 fatal shooting of two Westerville Police officers. The charges carry the possibility of the death penalty.

Quentin Smith was found guilty in the deaths of Westerville Police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli on Friday, November 1, 2019.
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Prosecutors wrapped up a quick trial Thursday in the case of a man charged with murdering two Westerville Police officers.

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Trial proceedings began Monday in the case against Quentin Smith, the man charged with killing two Westerville Police officers last year.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, right, speaks alongside Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, left, during a news conference to discuss cases linked to Samuel Little, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Columbus.
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A Franklin County judge has ruled that Booker Moody is not competent to stand trial. Moody was charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of his 19-year-old granddaughter.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien, right, speaks alongside Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac, left, during a news conference to discuss cases linked to Samuel Little, Friday, June 7, 2019, in Columbus.
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Franklin County's prosecutor is objecting to the possible release of a notorious serial rapist.

Hamilton County's prosecutor is working with the coroner's office to identify the body of a Jane Doe in an alleged serial killer case.

The campus of Mount Carmel West in Columbus on Jan. 30, 2019.
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Franklin County prosecutors concluded their six-month investigation into fired Mount Carmel doctor William Husel by charging him with 25 counts of murders. But what about the nurses and pharmacists who worked alongside Husel?

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