Three Teens Charged In Police Detective's Murder

(Cleveland) - Three teenagers have been charged with the murder of Cleveland Police Det. James Skernivitz, and of Scott Dingess, said to have been an informant working with Det. Skernivitz.

Court records say David McDaniel Jr., 18, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder. He will be dealt with in Cleveland Municipal Court, before his case is bound over to the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury.

The other two suspects are 17 and 15 years old, and are both charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, and felonious assault. Their cases are going to Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court, but they could be transferred over to adult court.

The court records say that robbery was the motive for the killings of Det. Skernivitz, and Dingess. The two men were in an unmarked car when they were shot last Thursday night near West 65th and Storer.

Det. Skernivitz had just been assigned to the Northern Ohio Violent Crimes Task Force, as part of Operation Legend, a partnership between federal, state, and local governments in Cleveland and eight other major cities to deal with violent crimes.

The funeral Mass for Det. Skernivitz will be Friday morning at 10 at St. John Cathedral in downtown Cleveland. The wake will be from 2-8 p.m. Thursday at A. Ripepi & Sons Funeral Home in Middleburg Heights.

(Photo Courtesy Cleveland Police)

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