Suspects in Chesley break-in plead not guilty

Posted at 5:32 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 17:32:49-05

CINCINNATI -- The three men accused of breaking into Cincinnati attorney Stan Chesley and Judge Susan Dlott’s home pleaded not guilty Monday.

Terry Darnell Jackson, 21, Demetrius Williams, 20, and Darrell Joseph Kinney, 20, were indicted Friday on charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping, assault, carrying concealed weapons and more.

The three -- accused of breaking into Dlott and Chesley’s home on Dec. 3 -- each face more than 100 years in prison if convicted.

HEAR Judge Dlott's 911 call: "Call the United States Marshals!"

“Short of murder and rape, this is as serious a case as we get," Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said Friday. "People who are willing to enter someone else’s home with guns, knowing full well that the homeowners are present, and terrorize and rob the innocent homeowners are some of the most dangerous types of criminals we encounter.”

Deters said the men followed Dlott and Chesley from a Kenwood restaurant to their Indian Hill home before breaking in.


The prosecutor claims the three ordered Dlott and Chesley around at gunpoint while they ransacked the home for things to steal.

Chesley suffered injuries when he was pushed down a small flight of stairs during the ordeal. He and his wife were able to escape and call for help.

Dlott later said Chesley is on bed rest to recover from injuries that include three fractures to his spine, a fracture in his pelvis and a concussion. Dlott said her feet are still bruised and swollen from the incident as well.

Indiana Hill rangers arrested the three men near the home after making a traffic stop. Deters said Kinney was able to briefly escape custody but was quickly recaptured.

Dlott lauded the action of the officers and their quick response. Lt. Jeff Hagy echoed Dlott's praise for the responding officers.

"We're very proud of them," Hagy said. "They acted like professionals. They used sound tactics on the traffic stop."