Man Who Pleaded Guilty Said To Withdraw Plea

On Friday November 13th, 2015 Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announces capital indictment in 2013 Norwood homicide.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters
Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters

According to information received Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the capital indictment of Jaleel Smith-Riley (DOB 2/10/93) in the Wednesday, November 16th, 2013 murder of Porshia Brooks.  Smith-Riley is charged with 1 count of Aggravated Murder (Special Felony), 1 count of Murder (Special Felony), 2 counts of Felonious Assault (Felony 2), 1 count of Attempted Murder (Felony 1), and 1 count of Aggravated Robbery (Felony 1).  If convicted of all charges, he faces the death penalty. 

As a parent it is my opinion that the greatest pain a parent can ever experience is seeing, or knowing that child suffering and there is nothing he and/or she can do about it. Oh! What pain if your child is murdered! This is beyond compare!

Subsequently, the loss of a child in generally is considered the worst possible grief. Thusly, making it one of the leading causes of prolonged grief. Moreover, predicated on the natural order of life, children are supposed to outlive their parents.

According to Theresa Huntley a clinical social worker and grief counselor at Children’s Hospital and Clinics, Minneapolis, Minnesota. in her the in her book “When Your Child Dies”, says “The death of a child is like no other.” She continues to say; “Your life has been irrevocably changed. Life is different. You are different.”

Although these are the words of Brooks’ mother, Sharon Brooks resonance the sentiments of many. She said; “He deserves to die he took an innocent life and nearly took another innocent life so why does he get to live free I can’t contact my baby I can’t call her he gets to call his family and that’s not right.”

Additionally, parents universally say that when their child dies, a part of them dies. A child is a symbol of the future and losing that child represents a loss of hopes and dreams. While the experience of pain and loss is universal, transcending culture and class, the grieving process is still a very individual and personal experience. We can only imagine the pain the family is experiencing.

 Sharon Brooks Mother of Porshia Brooks
Sharon Brooks Mother of Porshia Brooks

Brooks was in a parked car with her boyfriend, Aron Martin, on Carthage Avenue in Norwood at approximately 10:30 P.M. on Wednesday, November 16th, 2013 when Smith-Riley approached the vehicle and ordered Martin out of the car.  He held Martin at gun point while he searched his person to rob him.  Martin had nothing of value on his person and Smith-Riley then shot him in the head.  After shooting Martin, Smith leaned into the vehicle and shot Ms. Brooks.

The Hamilton County Coroner ruled Ms. Brooks’ death a homicide by means of a gunshot wound. Martin still suffers residual issues from the gunshot wound to his head. The crimes against Mr. Martin and Ms. Brooks went unsolved until recent leads and Crime Stoppers tips allowed the Norwood Police Department to arrest Smith-Riley and charge him in this case.  Smith-Riley committed these crimes along with two other people.  One person is now deceased and the other person is in custody in Michigan.

Prosecutor Deters commented, “We don’t seek the death penalty unless the perpetrator is the worst of the worst and proof is not an issue.  Smith-Riley and his case fit both criteria.”

Rightly so, predicated on the detail of information obtained Hamilton County Prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for the suspect in the 2013 murder a then 20-year-old woman.

Prosecutor Joe Deters added, “Jaleel Markeith Smith-Riley, 22, shot Porshia Brooks during a robbery in Norwood in November 2013. He was arrested by Norwood police earlier this month and is being held on a $5 million bond at the Hamilton County jail.

Moving forward was set to be in court today Monday, September 12th, 2016 Jaleel Markeith Smith-Riley! However, in a surprising move Monday morning, Jaleel Markeith Smith-Riley who previously admitted to shooting and killing 22-year-old Porshia Brooks and injuring her boyfriend in 2013 withdrew his guilty plea at his sentencing hearing.

Porshia Brooks
Porshia Brooks

Subsequently, as shocking as it was to the families of both victims and to his attorneys this means this move puts the death penalty back on the table. The 23-year-old Jaleel Smith-Riley choosing to reverse his plea halfway through sentencing could be given the maximum sentence with could be death.

Additionally, Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Kubucki said as he warned Smith-Riley and his lawyer in court Monday that if the plea is withdrawn and the case goes to trial, the death penalty is back on the table.

To be mindful Deters formally indicted Smith-Riley  on aggravated murder, murder, attempted murder, two counts of felonious assault and aggravated robbery. If convicted of all charges, he faces the death penalty. And surveillance video released after the shooting showed three potential suspects walking towards the scene of the double shooting.

Accordingly, Norwood Police Lt. Ronald Murphy have said there is a second suspect is currently incarcerated in an out-of-state jail for additional pending charges and Murphy says both suspects admitted involvement in the crime.

To correlate with Murphy’s accounts other Detectives have said Smith-Riley and a second suspect who is in jail in another state confessed to their roles in the crime. A third suspect is dead. Aron still suffers from the effects of being shot in the head. Doctors could not remove the bullet from his brain. But he said it’s the scars that no one can see that cause him the most pain.

Repeatedly Joe Deters has continued to say; “According to police the couple was sitting in a parked car on Carthage Avenue in Norwood when Riley-Smith approached the car and ordered Martin out. After finding Martin had nothing of value to be robbed, Riley-Smith shot him in the head, then leaned into the vehicle and fatally shot Brooks.”

Additionally, according to Hamilton County Municipal Court records, Smith-Riley had been charged with carrying a concealed handgun without a license in 2014; also the gun was stolen. In that case, a grand jury found insufficient evidence to have indicted him.

Jaleel Markeith Smith-Riley
Jaleel Markeith Smith-Riley

In reviewing the police videos & interviews, news bites from local television stations WCPO TV 9 News, FOX 19 News, WKRC TV 12 News and WLWT TV 5 News  Jaleel Markeith Smith-Riley seems to be exhibiting an enormously high level of arrogance coupled with a manifested attitude of “I don’t give a DAMN.”

Although I am against the death penalty in this particular case Jaleel Markeith Smith-Riley is simply not worthy of a sentence of life without possibility of any (patrol) provisional to be released from prison. Also, he should not be warehoused at the expense of the taxpayers. Just Burn Him!

It is my opinion, my wish that prosecuting attorneys in this case seeks the highest possible penalty ever. He is an evil person!

Quite simply, it is not enough just to keep hope alive, because there are times when hope in itself does need a helping hand. Throw the book at him!

Frankly, I do not want to sit in the seat of judgment against him, but I am extremely supportive of the Hamilton County Prosecutor if it is deemed necessary to call for the death penalty. Anything less the death penalty will be an outrage.

Author: Ishton W. Morton

Formerly, Ishton W. Morton is an educator and promoter for community advocacy which includes creating programs and services, developing partnerships, and changing public policies, laws, and practices to improve the lifestyle of all people I’m still having an overwhelming desire to provide an Outreach Continuing Education process through this media.