Police: Hamilton homicide stemmed from deception, two women indicted

Two women have been indicted by a Butler County grand jury for the death of a man shot in Hamilton late last year.

Jamie Strack and Chelsea N. Bussell are both charged with involuntary manslaughter and kidnapping for the Dec. 17 death of Brandon York, according to court records.

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York, 30, of the 600 block of Concord Avenue in Middletown, died at Bethesda Butler Hospital after suffering a gunshot wound. His death was ruled a homicide by the Butler County Coroner’s Office.

Investigators determined the incident occurred in the area of 12th and Hanover streets in Hamilton. In December, police said they had persons of interest in the shooting.

Detectives served search warrants connected to the case in the city’s North End, including the area of Vine Street, shortly after the shooting that involved the SWAT team.

Assistant Butler County Prosecutor Dan Phillips said 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.

Bussell, 26, of Starr Avenue in Hamilton, was booked into the Butler County Jail on Wednesday night. Strack, of Meadowview Court in Fairfield, was not yet in custody Thursday afternoon, according to jail records.

Bussell is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in Butler County Common Pleas Judge Charles Pater’s courtroom.

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