Department of Justice
For Immediate Release
Grand Jury Indicts 3 Men With Crimes Involving 2 Drug-related Murders
CINCINNATI – Three defendants are charged with crimes related to two murders in Cincinnati during the summer of 2021.
Antwan Coach, Jr., 20, of Cincinnati, and Markel Hardy, 21, of Cincinnati, allegedly robbed and murdered Kamar Williams on July 5, 2021, in North College Hill. According to the eight-count superseding indictment, Coach and Hardy robbed Mr. Williams of marijuana and a firearm and shot him to death.
It is alleged that the third defendant, Jamal Binford, 33, of Dallas and Cincinnati, unlawfully assisted Hardy after the July murder.
In August 2021, all three defendants allegedly conspired to murder a second victim in connection with 400 grams or more of fentanyl. Binford, Coach and Hardy are charged with the Aug. 1, 2021, murder of Deonte Nuckols in St. Bernard.
Binford was arrested this morning at the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and appeared in federal court in the Northern District of Texas.
The case pending against Binford, Coach and Hardy was unsealed today.
If convicted as charged, each of the defendants faces a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 20 years and up to life in prison.
Kenneth L. Parker, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Daryl S. McCormick, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF); Cincinnati Police Chief Teresa A. Theetge; North College Hill Police Chief Ryan Schrand; and St. Bernard Police Chief Michael Simos announced the charges. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs of the Department’s Criminal Division also aided during the investigation.
Assistant United States Attorneys Ashley N. Brucato and Frederic C. Shadley are representing the United States in this case.
An indictment merely contains allegations, and defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.