CINCINNATI - A man accused of killing a 24-year-old woman in Price Hill in April faces life in prison after he was indicted for her homicide Wednesday.
A grand jury indicted 44-year-old Michael Hall in the April 20, 2013, murder of Brittani Robinson. Police found Robinson's body inside an apartment in the 900 block of Chateau Avenue at the Summit Villa Apartments where she was strangled. Officers checked the residence after family members were not able to reach her for several days.
Hall was charged with one count of aggravated robbery, two counts of aggravated murder and one count of gross abuse of a corpse.
Hall was also charged with one count of rape stemming from the rape of an acquaintance on March 27, 2009. The rape was a separate incident not involving Robinson, said Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters in a news release. That case was dismissed when the victim failed to appear in court.
If convicted of all charges, Robinson faces the possibility of life in prison.
Deters said that although there was an apparent delay between the homicide and Hall's indictment, the Cincinnati Police Department was aware of Hall's alleged involvement in the crime.
"The Cincinnati Police Department, and in particular, the Homicide Squad, has been unfairly criticized by some for their failure to solve the rash of recent homicide cases. Some, like the case of Michael Hall, were ‘solved' soon after they occurred," Deters said in a news release.
Because Hall was locked up on other charges and not an immediate threat, the prosecutor's office requested the charges be brought against Hall pending the completion of a forensic test.
"The vast majority of unsolved cases are due to people with knowledge of the crimes not cooperating with law enforcement and not due to any lack of skill or effort by CPD Homicide," Deters said in the release. "CPD works extremely hard and I am constantly impressed by how much they care about their victims, sometimes more than the victim's own family members."
Neighbors said Robinson had only lived in the apartment complex for about a week before her killing.
"She has two little kids. Two girls. They're beautiful little girls and my heart went out to them. That's the first thing I thought about, then I'm thinking why and who," said neighbor Helen Davis.
Officials have not released any additional details about the investigation at this time. Hall's next court date has not yet been scheduled.
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