Friday, September 07, 2001

Tristate A.M. Report

Boys' murder trial won't be closed

        Defense attorneys for two boys accused of the beating death of an 8-year-old Northside girl lost their bid to close the court proceedings Thursday.

[photo] Charmaine Evans, mother of the 13-year-old boy charged in the death of Takeya Bryant, sits behind her son Thursday as the boy and his 11-year-old cousin appear at a hearing.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Sylvia Sieve Hendon denied the motion filed by attorneys Terry Weber and David Montgomery, which stated that both boys would be harmed by media publicity because of their ages and lack of criminal histories.

        Judge Hendon said family members had already given several interviews to the media. And, she said, established safeguards exist prohibiting the boys' names from being published because of their ages.

        However, the judge did place some restriction on coverage, ordering media to refrain from publishing information discussed in court that had nothing to do with the current case or anything regarding the defendants' social histories and intelligence exams.

        Both boys, ages 11 and 13, are charged with murder in the Aug. 15 beating death of Takeya Bryant. The older boy also faces three juvenile counts of rape on charges he assaulted the girl with a foreign object.

        The 13-year-old, Takeya's cousin, had been baby-sitting the girl and her three siblings — the 11-year-old is her brother.

        The case will return to juvenile court Monday.

Violent crimes force numbers updated

        After six weeks, the Police Division's Violent Crimes Task Force has made 792 arrests, involving 291 adult felonies and 385 adult misdemeanors.

        The team has served 589 warrants and has confiscated 19 weapons, more than 27 ounces of powder cocaine, nine ounces of crack cocaine and 90 pounds of marijuana.

        The Violent Crimes Task Force was created by Chief Tom Streicher July 25 to help combat violence persisting in the city since the April 9-12 protests and riots.

Man convicted in riots faces new charges

        A 21-year-old Roselawn man who received probation for riot-related burglary charges earlier this year was indicted Thursday on robbery and weapons charges in two unconnected incidents last month.

        Jason Brooks was indicted on one count each of aggravated robbery, robbery, carrying a concealed weapon and having a weapon under disability in connection with two armed street robberies Aug. 26.

        In one instance, a victim was robbed of his wallet in Corryville. His credit cards were later used to buy sneakers and a cellular phone.

Prosecutors rebut latest Byrd bid

        Prosecutors asked a federal court Thursday to reject convicted killer John Byrd's latest attempt to delay his execution.

        This week, Mr. Byrd asked the U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals to postpone his execution, scheduled for Wednesday, so the court could hear new evidence.

        But prosecutors argued Thursday that Mr. Byrd's request is “nothing more than a late-in-the-day effort to excuse the inexcusable.”

        Mr. Byrd's attorneys have said statements by Mr. Byrd's co-defendants contradict testimony at his trial 18 years ago. T

        Mr. Byrd was convicted of the 1983 stabbing death of Colerain Township convenience-store clerk Monte Tewksbury.

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