Written By: Ishton W. Morton – September 3rd, 2019
On September 3rd, 2019, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced the indictment of 33-year-old Terry Stiles whose is Date-Of-Birth October 5th, 1985 for the May 18th death of 14-year-old Carl Leggett, Jr. Stiles is now indicted for 1 count of Murder (Special Felony). If convicted, he faces the possibility of 15 years-life in prison.
Back in July of 2005 Stiles was originally charged with Felonious Assault for assaulting 5-month-old Carl Leggett, Jr. Then he pled guilty and was subsequently convicted of Felonious Assault which is a Felony in the second degree. Apparently, he has served 8 years in the Ohio Department of Correction and Rehabilitation which was the maximum sentence.
Briefly on July 16th, 2005, police responded to the home of Carl Leggett, Jr. and discovered the baby in enormous distress. Responsively, the child was transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital where doctors confirmed that his injuries to be consistent with being beaten and violently shaken. Baby Carl was under the direct care of Terry Stiles, the child’s mother’s boyfriend, at the time of his injury.
Pursuant to Carl’s injuries he was never able to walk, see or eat normally. Despondently the child lingered and/or continued in this state until May 18th, 2019.
Accordingly, Hamilton County Coroner’s Report demonstrated that Carl’s death at age 14 was a direct result of complications from the traumatic brain injury he suffered back in 2005 and thus ruled his death a homicide.
Prosecutor Deters commented, “There is no reason to ever put your hands on a child. Terry Stiles went to prison for the original felonious assault charge in 2005 and should go back to prison for his murder.
Predicated on new information important regarding this case, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters announced new indictment in murder of Carl Leggett, Jr.
Deters is very passionate as he added, “we anticipate a legal challenge given that Stiles has already served prison time, but we will mount a vigorous prosecution. Ultimately, Stiles caused the death of this child and should be held accountable.”