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Teens charged in two Avondale murders appear in juvenile court

CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- Two teenagers, 15 and 16 years old,  are locked up, charged with murders committed on Irving Street in Avondale.

Wednesday afternoon police picked up Antonio Ruff for the same murder.
16-year old Tyrone Coleman and 15-year-old Dontay White appeared in juvenile court Wednesday morning.

Both teenagers appeared before a juvenile magistrate for the murders of William Moritz and Deshawn Hutchinson. Moritz was shot and killed January 20th. Deshawn Hutchinson was killed one week later in the same block on Irving.
Coleman is charged only with Moritz's murder but a long list of additional charges including felonious assault, misuse of a credit card and aggravated robbery.

In court, his mother told the judge he was turning his life around and she didn't understand what went wrong. Coleman said little. The magistrate kept him locked up.  Coleman was crying when he left.

Dontay White was also in court and he's charged with both murders. He appeared with his father who could only tell the judge he was at a loss for words. He remains in jail.

Police say Coleman, White and Ruff were together on Irving Street January, 20th when William Moritz was robbed, shot and killed.  One week later, police sources say White was confronted about the previous shooting and killed DeShawn Hutchinson.  All in Colonial Village.  And all in the same block.

Both homicides took place on a street where police say they don't see violence. Despite their young ages, the prosecutor's office has filed to have both cases moved to adult court.

Cincinnati's police chief says the arrests reflect a sad, modern reality.

"Very disturbing but unfortunately quite common.  We're seeing younger kids involved in this kind of predatory activity, open air drug trade.  They're reckless and have not regard for human life or safety."

Chief Blackwell said it was only through outstanding police work that the two were arrested just 24 hours after the second homicide. Both juveniles will be back in court February 11th for a bind over hearing that could transfer their cases to adult court.

Antonio Ruff is expected to be arraigned Thursday.




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