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Two charged for alleged roles in shooting that killed Cleveland detective, informant plead not guilty

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Brittany Cremeans
Antonio Darby.
Posted at 12:50 PM, Oct 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-01 16:47:53-04

CLEVELAND — Two people charged in connection to the deaths of Cleveland Police Detective James Skernivitz and an informant were arraigned in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Thursday.

Antonio Darby, 27, and Brittany Cremeans, 24, have been charged for their alleged roles in the shooting. During their arraignment on Thursday, both pleaded not guilty.

Darby and Cremeans were both given a $5,000 personal bond.

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

Detective James Skernivitz, 53, was shot and killed around 10 p.m. in the 3200 block of West 65th Street on Sept. 3. An informant, later identified as Scott Dingess, 50, was also killed.

The teen accused in the fatal shooting, 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.

McDaniel is being held on a $3 million bond.

Skernivitz was part of Operation Legend, a federal law enforcement effort taking place in cities across the country, including Cleveland. He was also a member of the Gang Impact Unit. He started with CPD in 1998.

Cremeans and Darby are scheduled to appear in court for their pre-trial hearing on Oct. 8 at 9:00 a.m.

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