Criminal defense attorney accused of bribing witness in murder trial

BLUE ASH, Ohio - A criminal defense attorney is accused of a bribing a witness to leave town before testifying in a murder trial.

Greg Cohen of Blue Ash was indicted by a Hamilton County grand jury Friday for bribery and obstruction of justice. The indictment stated Cohen allegedly "promised, offered or gave" money to a witness so the individual would leave town before testifying in the murder trial of Lamar Simmons.

According to the indictment, the witness reported the alleged bribery to officials.

Simmons is accused of killing Jose Vazquez in Walnut Hills eight years ago. He is set to stand trial later this month.

9 On Your Side contacted Cohen's office and his attorney, Pete Rosenwald, Friday afternoon, but no calls were immediately returned.

The case will now be overseen by special prosecutor Karl Schneider of Columbus, Ohio.

Stay with 9 On Your Side and WCPO.com for updates.

 

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