Thursday, July 17, 2003

Indictments handed down in rape, attempted murder cases

By Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

HAMILTON - After a two-week hiatus, a Butler County grand jury ended a busy five-day session with indictments in nearly three dozen cases, including two attempted murders - one involving a parolee as suspect - and an unusual, violent marital rape.

In the grand jury's latest round of indictments made public Wednesday, Oran Brumley, 53, was indicted on charges of attempted murder, aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary and felonious assault. Brumley, who served 25 years in prison for murder, was released from prison in October.

The charges stem from the May 20 knife attack of 80-year-old Hagen Combs in his home in the 2600 block of Elmo Avenue.

Prosecutor Robin Piper lamented that Brumley "was ever given parole and was released back out on the public streets." He said Combs almost bled to death.

In an unrelated case, a Cincinnati man is accused of a June 14 Fairfield shooting. Munashe Zimuto, 22, of the 4400 block of Colerain Avenue, is charged with attempted murder and felonious assault. He is accused of shooting Jude Scott of Fairfield in the parking lot of a business at Eastpointe and Lesaint drives.

Despite being shot twice in the back of the head, Scott survived and sought help at a car dealership on Ohio 4.

Police broadcast a description of Zimuto, whom Lockland police spotted. He wrecked his vehicle off the Paddock Road exit and was arrested. Authorities believe the shooting happened because of a dispute over Scott selling a vehicle to Zimuto, said Assistant Prosecutor David Kash.

In an unusual alleged marital rape case, a 41-year-old Oxford man is accused of multiple counts of raping his wife.

Kash said the brutality of this case shocked even experienced detectives. After an argument on June 22, the suspect bound the victim's hands and feet with twine. He released her, but began making demands for multiple sex acts, sometimes at knifepoint, Kash said. "At the conclusion of all these sex acts, he asked her for a couple of her Valium. She complied, and he passed out on the bed," Kash said. "She went to the police station and reported it; they arrested him."

The man, whose name is being withheld to protect the victim's identity, was indicted on seven counts of rape and a count each of kidnapping and domestic violence.

Piper said such cases have been rare in Butler, but authorities take domestic violence cases seriously, whether the attacks involve beatings or sexual assaults.


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