Little Christopher Beck
Chaos is in the air. The Cincinnati Post and WCPO-TV are reporting that:
A hearing in a capital murder case erupted into a courthouse melee Friday morning when families of the accused and the victim clashed.
More than a dozen Hamilton County Sheriff's deputies broke up the disturbance and four people were arrested after the fight, which began on the third floor of the Hamilton County Courthouse and continued outside the building.
Family members of the victim in the case and relatives of the accused were waiting for Charles Finley, 19, of Corryville, to be brought from the Hamilton County Justice Center for a 10 a.m. hearing in Common Pleas Judge Beth Myers' third-floor courtroom.
Finley is accused in the death of his girlfriend's 1-year-old son, Christopher Beck. Prosecutors say he beat the child while babysitting on Sept. 21. Finley is charged with aggravated murder and could face the death penalty if guilty.
Screaming broke out between his family and relatives of the victim's mother, Diana Tucker, as they waited for the hearing to begin. [Post]
9 News gives the names.
The following people were arrested:
- Dione Tucker, of 1948 Catalpa Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio, age 19, for Disorderly Conduct (ORC 2917.11(A) (M4), Resisting Arrest (ORC 2921.33 M2), and Theft (ORC 2913.02 M1)
- Unnamed suspect, age 17, for Obstruction of Official Business (ORC 2931.11 M2), Disorderly Conduct (ORC 2917.11 M4), and Resisting Arrest (ORC 2921.33B M2) [9News does not generally name underage suspects.]
- Thomas K. Finley, of 3327 Moosewood, age 18, for Aggravated Menacing (ORC 2903.21 M1) and Disorderly Conduct (OCR 2917.11 M4)
All subjects, except the 17-year-old suspect, were charged and taken to the Hamilton County Justice Center to await arraignment. The 17 year old was transported to the Hamilton County Juvenile Detention Center, better known as "2020". [WCPO]
- Donna P. Duskin, of 2840 Marshall Avenue, age 20, for Disorderly Conduct (ORC 2917.11(a) M4) and Resisting Arrest (ORC 2921.33(A) M2).
What a damn shame! A baby is dead and the family is acting a fool. Apparently no one is thinking about little Christopher Beck?