Teen Indicted In Slaying Of Cleveland Officer, Informant
FILE This undated file photo provided by the Cleveland Division of Police shows Detective James Skernivitz. Three teenagers were charged Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, with fatally shooting Skernivitz and another man during what authorities said was a robbery attempt. (Cleveland Division of Police via AP, File)
A suspect in the fatal shooting of a Cleveland police detective and an informant during an armed robbery was indicted Thursday on counts of aggravated murder.
David McDaniel, 18, of Cleveland, also faces charges of aggravated robbery, felonious assault and tampering with evidence. He is being held on a $3 million bond and is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
No attorney is listed for McDaniel in online court records.
Two males, ages 15 and 17, have denied aggravated murder charges filed against them in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.
According to authorities, the three teenagers approached Detective James Skernivitz’s unmarked car on Sept. 3 and fired rounds that killed Skernivitz and an informant as they prepared for a drug operation. Skernivitz, 53, and Scott Dingess, 50, died at a nearby hospital.
Skernivitz had been sworn in as a member of a federal violent crime task force the day before he was killed. Authorities have not said whether he was working at the time he was shot for the task force or the gang unit to which he was normally assigned.
A 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were indicted Thursday on charges of obstructing justice and tampering with evidence for allegedly lying to police and getting rid of guns used in the slayings.
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