Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 14th, 2020
On August 13th, 2020 the office of Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of 27 years old Amanda Witt on (1) one count of Involuntary Manslaughter (Felony 1), (1) one count of Corrupting Another with Drugs (Felony 2), and (1) one count of Tampering with Evidence (Felony 3). It is believed that if she is convicted of all charges, she faces an excess of 20 years in prison.
According to Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters commented, “Drugs affect our entire community. Rich Vanderyt was a respected member of the Cincinnati Bar and his death is a loss to our community. Sadly, we are seeing more cases where people think they are ingesting one substance when in reality it is something much deadlier.
Reportedly, the investigation revealed that Mr. Vanderyt requested cocaine from Witt but what he got was fentanyl.
What is somewhat nebulous; if Rich Vanderyt was actively betrothed in the act of asking, or requesting that cocaine to be given to him by Amanda Witt, or especially as a favor or courtesy, or solicitation, or petition by Amanda Witt why then is she completely responsible for Vanderyt demise? Also, were the drugs that Vanderyt provided Vanderyt were completely fentanyl or was it a combination of both, or did Witt have prior knowledge of the drugs being fentanyl?
What the conclusions are in my opinion it seems that Amanda Witt sources or suppliers should all be in the indictment together with Witt!
Ironically, Witt supplied drugs to her friend and former attorney, Richard Vanderyt, which resulted in his overdose death on Monday, March 16th, 2020.
Opinionatedly, the idea of selling any forms of drugs is an unjustifiable act(s) of evil in our communities and thus must be dealt with vigorously under the law.
Nonetheless, in Deters celebration of thanks he said, “I want to thank the Green Township Police Department and the Heroin Task Force and Heroin Task Force Commander Tom Fallon for their work on this case and so many others.”
Subsequently, Deters continues to say; “this is not the first case like this that my office has indicted. We have been leaders in the state in indicting cases like this to try to help curb drug abuse and deaths and support the police in their efforts. The police are doing a tremendous job investigating these cases but, unfortunately, that is after the fact. We must, as a community, come together to fight this enemy.”