18-Year-Old Indicted in Det. Skernivitz's Murder

(Cleveland) - An 18-year-old suspect in the murder of Cleveland Police Det. James Skernivitz has been indicted by the Cuyahoga County Grand Jury. Two other adults have been indicted for their roles in the murder of the detective, along with a man said to be an informant.

18-year-old David McDaniel is facing four counts of aggravated murder, and two each of murder, aggravated robbery, and felonious assault. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Common Pleas Court on Tuesday, Sept. 22.

The Grand Jury has also indicted Brittany Cremeans, 24, and Antonio Darby, 27, on charges of obstructing justice, and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors say Cremeans and Darby helped dispose of the suspected murder weapon, and lied about the roles the others had.

Two juvenile suspects in the murders, ages 17 and 15, are still being dealt with in Juvenile Court, and are due back in that court October 27.

“Sadly, these types of random, senseless homicides happen in our community nearly every day. This time the victims were a police officer on duty to make our community a better place and a citizen who volunteered to assist him,” said Prosecutor Michael O’Malley. “Two families are now without fathers and the entire community is left heartbroken due to yet another instance of senseless gun violence.”

(Photo of McDaniel Courtesy Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office)

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