Monday, April 26, 2004

Gunfire leaves two men dead

Arrest in one case, no suspect in other

By Reid Forgrave
The Cincinnati Enquirer

NORTH FAIRMOUNT - Shortly after a Saturday night homicide, a man surrendered to policeon a warrant for murder, but the culprit in another fatal shooting early Sunday in Over-the-Rhine remains on the loose, police said.

At about 8:25 p.m. Saturday, police responded to the 2200 block of Westwood Northern Boulevard after hearing that a person was shot.

Police found Michael Dean, 40, of Westwood, lying on the sidewalk with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Quick investigation led police to seek Donte Peoples, 25, of North Fairmount. Early Sunday, Peoples showed up at the District 1 police station and surrendered.

Peoples was charged with murder and was being held without bond at the Hamilton County Justice Center Sunday.

Police confirmed that Dean is the father of 19-year-old Michael Dean, who was a Cincinnati homicide victim last June. The younger Dean, of Roselawn, was found lying in the front yard of 824 Hutchins Ave. in Avondale about 11:05 p.m. on June 27, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kerwin Banks, 20, of Avondale, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter in the younger Dean's death and in April was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Shortly after midnight Sunday, police received a call of a man shot in a red car near 1223 Republic St. in Over-the-Rhine.

They found Jaamal Shaw, 18, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound. He was taken to University Hospital, where he died.

Anyone with information on the Over-the-Rhine homicide is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 352-3040.

The two killings were the 22nd and 23rd homicides of 2004 in Cincinnati.



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