ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- A Zanesville homicide has been linked to what prosecutors are calling the largest federal murder indictment ever returned in Ohio.
Seventeen defendants from Columbus were indicted in U.S. District Court in connection with a series of violent crimes including murders, attempted murders, drug trafficking, weapons trafficking, extortion and robbery between 2005 and 2012. The indictments were unsealed Tuesday.
Among the victims was Shane Allen McCuen, who was fatally shot at a Gray Street residence in Zanesville in March 2008. Deshawn Smith, formerly of Zanesville, is one of four defendants accused of killing McCuen while attempting to rob him.
The indictment charges one or more of the defendants with 12 unsolved homicides, 23 attempted homicides, 41 violent felonies and 45 weapons offenses. The crimes occurred in Canal Winchester, Chillicothe, Columbus, Pataskala, Pickerington and Zanesville, according to the news release.
Of the defendants, 11 could face the death penalty for their alleged crimes.