3 Butler County homicide cases delayed by coronavirus: What to know

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Three cases involving suspects charged with homicides were continued on Tuesday as Butler County courtrooms moved cases due to coronavirus precautions.

Kirby Cheong

Cheong, of Miamisburg man, is charged in the death of a Fairfield woman last fall. His pre-trial hearing was continued until May 19.

Cheong, 30, was arrested in March in Montgomery County by U.S. Marshals. He is charged with murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence. Judge Noah Powers said Cheong’s bond a $500,000 at his arraignment on March 24.

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Katherine Lobono, 23, died of multiple gunshot wounds and suffered other injuries, including ligature marks on her neck, according to the Butler County Coroner’s Office report.

Lobono was discovered dead lying on the floor of her apartment at the Villages of Wildwood off Ross Road in Fairfield by friends who were dog-sitting. Her death occurred Oct. 1.

Cameron Kyles

Kyles. 19, is facing aggravated robbery, aggravated burglary, felonious assault and having weapons under disability charges for the Oct. 12 fatal shooting of Michael Stewart II, 35, in Middletown. He is being held on a $500,000 bond and is one of three teens charged in the death.

A new date has not yet been set for hearing a motion filed by Kyles’ defense team to suppress evidence.

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Kyles confessed to shooting Stewart, according to police and prosecutors. Stewart’s shooting is part of ongoing gang activity, they said.

Two other teens were charged by Middletown police and accused of conspiring in the homicide. A 15-year-old boy pleaded guilty to murder in juvenile court and was sent to the Ohio Department of Youth Services until his 21st birthday. Last month Camron Pawlowski, 17, who was tried as an adult, was sentenced to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to involuntary manslaughter and other felonies.

Jamie Strack

Strack, 38, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping for the Dec. 17 death of Brandon York.

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Strack was scheduled to appearing in court Tuesday, but the hearing as continued until May 19. The case of Chelsea N. Bussell, 26, of Hamilton, who faces the same charges in the case, was previously set for the same date.

York, 30, of the 600 block of Concord Avenue in Middletown, died at Bethesda Butler Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound. Investigators determined the incident occurred in the area of 12th and Hanover streets in Hamilton.

Prosecutors say Strack, Bussell and York were part of a deception to get another man to leave his residence and get into a vehicle with the intent to cause serious physical harm. During the commission of the alleged crimes, York was shot.

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