Sunday, April 11, 2021

Four adults and one teen indicted in murder-for-hire killings

A group of four men and a teenager were indicted Wednesday after police said they killed four people for money and revenge.

Carl Godfrey, 21, Jason Gray, 18, Mario Gordon, 30, Conn Inabnitt, 49, and an unnamed juvenile are charged with dozens of counts of murder and felonious assault.

Investigators said between Jan. 31 and Feb. 18, this group was responsible for four killings and several other shootings.

If these allegations are true, this group is responsible for nearly a third of Cincinnati’s 13 fatal shootings since the beginning of the year.

The alleged victims

  • Jeremiah Campell killed Jan. 31 in Avondale: Prosecutors say Godfrey was hired to murder Campbell. Godfrey took Gray to the place where Campbell was staying and fatally shot him, officials said.
  • Terrance North killed, another wounded Feb. 1 in Fairmount: Prosecutors say the unnamed teen fired multiple shots into a vehicle after setting up a meeting with them over Facebook. North was killed and another person was wounded. In this case, investigators said Godfrey was hired to murder a specific target, but do not specify who.
  • Deontray Otis killed, two wounded Feb. 16 in Westwood: Prosecutors say Godfrey sent Gray, Gordon and the unnamed teen to kill a target. The trio fired at a vehicle killing Otis, who was not the intended target, and badly injured two others, according to investigators.
  • Donnell Steele killed Feb. 18 in Millvale: Prosecutors say Godfrey and the unnamed teen went to Millvale “in retaliation for another incident,” and once there encountered Steele. Steele was shot and killed, but investigators said they do not believe Steele was specifically targeted. 
Conn Eric Inabnitt

All of the suspects are all in custody. The teen’s case is being handled by Hamilton County Juvenile Court at this time, but given the charges against him, it is required that his case be bound over to adult court unless certain circumstances prevent that.

Godfrey, Gordon and Inabnitt are being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center. Gray is in jail in Lauderdale County, Mississippi, awaiting extradition back to Ohio.

Hearings in the cases have not yet been scheduled.

“The violence perpetrated by and on young men in our city is out of control. And we must get a handle on it quickly to stop the cycle of trauma and victimization,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said. “Our communities cannot thrive if there are people in them causing this kind of chaos.”

Mario Gordon

The case remains under investigation. Police are asking anyone with information about these killings or any other crimes that may be associated with this group to call investigators at 513-352-3542. Tips can also be left anonymous at CrimeStoppers by calling 513-352-3040.

“This group has caused irreparable harm to our community and impacted several families forever through these horrific crimes,” Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot Isaac said. “I am grateful for the tremendous investigative effort from our Homicide Unit and the collaboration with Prosecutor Deters to hold all of these individuals accountable.”

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