Manslaughter charge refiled on drug-related death


16 people indicted in Tuesday’s grand jury

By Angela Shepherd - ashepherd@civitasmedia.om



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A Hillsboro woman first indicted in June for charges relating to the death of a man to whom she allegedly sold drugs has been re-indicted on the same charges after the first case was dismissed.

That case was dismissed “without prejudice” last month, court records show.

Tracey O’Cull, 40, has been charged again with first-degree felony involuntary manslaughter and second-degree felony corrupting another with drugs following Tuesday’s November session of a Highland County grand jury.

According to Highland County Assistant Prosecutor Molly Bolek, the previous case was dismissed due to the possibility of an issue with discovery, which is the evidence and witness information exchanged between the state and the defense, in regard to time. Refiling the case, she said, helps insure the case is “appropriately ready” and “in full compliance with discovery,” she said.

The first count in the indictment alleges that in December, O’Cull “did cause the death of Benjamin Hahn as a proximate result of Tracey O’Cull committing or attempting to commit a felony.” The second count of the indictment states that O’Cull “did knowingly by any means administer or furnish to another or induce or cause another to use a controlled substance.”

O’Cull is currently serving two consecutive nine-month prison sentences on heroin trafficking charges from earlier this year.

The following were also indicted on Tuesday:

• James M. Kuhbander, 33, Hillsboro, charged with first-degree felony rape and third-degree felony gross sexual imposition. According to the indictment, the offenses were against a 6-year-old.

• Lewis Jean Estle, 25, Chillicothe, charged with second-degree felony illegal manufacture of drugs and third-degree felony failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer.

• Mark A. VanGundy, 46, Bainbridge, charged with aggravated possession of methamphetamine and heroin possession, both fifth-degree felonies.

• Donald Earl Elliott, 25, Washington Court House, charged with fifth-degree felony aggravated possession of methamphetamine.

• Nicholas E. Ary, 26, Highland, charged with failure to comply with the order or signal of a police officer, a third-degree felony.

• Jordy Scott VanGundy, 30, Bainbridge, charged with fifth-degree felony receiving stolen property.

• Cameron A. Chukes, 21, Columbus, charged with fifth-degree felony illegal processing of drug documents.

• Marshall Allen Faries, 35, Hillsboro, charged with two counts of fourth-degree felony illegal processing of drug documents.

• Billie Jean Willett, aka Billie Jean Hafer, 36, Greenfield, charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of misuse of a credit card, all fifth-degree felonies.

• Michael Shane Boles, 35, Hillsboro, charged with two counts of receiving stolen property and one count of misuse of a credit card, all fifth-degree felonies.

• Donnie T. Holt, 53, Blanchester, charged with receiving stolen property and misuse of a credit card, both fifth-degree felonies.

• Kyle Lee Combs, 46, Hillsboro, charged with permitting drug abuse, five counts of heroin possession, and four counts of heroin trafficking, all fifth-degree felonies. Combs is also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of drugs.

• Lee Edward Padilla, 39, Hillsboro, charged with aggravated possession of drugs and aggravated possession of methamphetamine, both fifth-degree felonies.

• Tyrone James Huston, 26, Martinsville, charged with fifth-degree felony escape.

• Brandy L. Cobb, 35, Hillsboro, charged with fourth-degree felony heroin possession and fifth-degree felony cocaine possession.

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16 people indicted in Tuesday’s grand jury

By Angela Shepherd

ashepherd@civitasmedia.om