Man faces murder charge in connection with fatal Hamilton home invasion

HAMILTON, Ohio -- A man accused in a deadly Hamilton home invasion has been charged with murder.

Michael Fitzgerald, 25, was arrested Monday and charged with murder, robbery and aggravated burglary in connection with a home invasion on June 12 at 354 Hampshire Dr.

Investigators said during the incident, Fitzgerald’s accomplice Antonio Heath was fatally stabbed when the homeowner defended himself.

Police said because Fitzgerald was part of the burglary and robbery, he is culpable in Heath’s death.

"The law does make that provision that if you're any part of an action you can be charged for whatever results of that action," said Sgt. Ed Buns with the Hamilton Police Department. "Everybody wants to blame somebody else well if they weren't committing the burglary and the man defended his property none of this would've happened so anybody participating in that action undoubtedly should bear responsibility for what happens."

Chief Scott Scrimizzi said the arrest was the result of “outstanding police work” from detectives who “would not stop until they had determined every facet of a very complex set of circumstances that contributed to the death of Antonio Heath.”

Fitzgerald was arraigned Tuesday morning in Hamilton Municipal Court.

A neighbor in the complex where the original incident took place said he was pleased with the charges as well.

"It's good news they got both of them," said Bruce Clifford.

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