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18-year-old suspect indicted for death of Det. James Skernivitz, police informant

2 others also facing charges
West 65th Scene
Posted at 1:31 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 13:34:08-04

CLEVELAND — The teen accused of fatally shooting Cleveland Police Detective James Skernivitz and Scott Dingess, a police informant, earlier this month has been indicted on murder charges.

The suspect, David McDaniel, 18, is charged with four counts of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, two counts of felonious assault and one count of tampering with evidence, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office.

Two other people—Brittany Cremeans, 24, and Antonio Darby, 27, have also been charged for their alleged roles in the shooting.

Cremeans and Darby are each charged with two counts of obstructing justice and one count of tampering with evidence.

Two teens, ages 15 and 17, have also been charged in connection with the homicide. Those juveniles are facing charges that include aggravated murder, murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault. They have denied the allegations.

McDaniel is currently being held in jail in lieu of a $3 million bond. He has an arrangement scheduled for Sept. 22 at 8:30 a.m. Darby and Cremeans have an arraignment scheduled for Oct. 1.

“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.”

Detective James Skernivitz, 53, was shot and killed around 10 p.m. in the 3200 block of West 65th Street on Sept. 3. Another person, later identified as Scott Dingess, 50, was also killed. Police said Dingess was a victim of the shooting and not a suspect.

CPD Chief Calvin Williams said that Skernivitz was part of Operation Legend, a federal law enforcement effort taking place in cities across the country, including Cleveland. He was most recently assigned to the Gang Impact Unit. He started with CPD in 1998.


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