CINCINNATI – A Hamilton County grand jury indicted a 22-year-old man in the 2013 killing of a woman and will face the death penalty if he’s convicted.
Jaleel Smith-Riley shot Porshia Brooks and her boyfriend, Aron Martin, during a robbery, according to Prosecutor Joe Deters. The Brooks and Martin were sitting in a parked car on Carthage Avenue in Norwood when Smith-Riley approached the car and ordered Martin out. After finding Martin had nothing of value to rob, Smith-Riley shot him in the head, then leaned into the vehicle and fatally shot Brooks, Deters said.
Martin still suffers residual issues from the gunshot wound to his head, Deters said.
A Crimestoppers tip led Norwood police to Smith-Riley, Deters said.
Smith-Riley was charged with aggravated murder, murder, two counts of felonious assault, attempted murder and aggravated robbery. He will face the death penalty if he’s convicted on all charges.
“We don’t seek the death penalty unless the perpetrator is the worst of the worst and proof is not an issue,” Deters said. “Smith-Riley and his case fit both criteria.”