Suspect arrested in South Cumminsville homicide of Desean Plair

Posted: 12:23 PM, Jan 13, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-13 17:28:47Z

CINCINNATI -- A 31-year-old man faces a murder charge in connection with a fatal shooting in South Cumminsville last week.

Michael Zanders was arrested and booked into the Hamilton County Justice Center on Friday. 

Cincinnati police accused him of killing Desean Plair , who was found wounded inside a car near Borden and Elmore streets on Jan. 6. Plair died shortly after medics got him to University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

Desean Plair (Photo by Emily Maxwell | WCPO)

Mitch Morris, who runs Cincinnati Works' Phoenix Program, described Plair as "a good guy -- always had a nice smile, had nice things to say."

Launched in 2011, the Phoenix Program helps men and women with violent and criminal pasts find steady jobs and a better future.

Plair described himself as having a "knucklehead" past before the program helped him straighten out his life.

Eric Cepela, a Cincinnati Works spokesman, said Plair was still active with the organization: He had stopped by just a few weeks ago to talk about recent and upcoming interviews for employment.