Judge upholds $3 million bond for teen accused of killing Cleveland police officer


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) – David McDaniel, 18, was arraigned on eleven counts Tuesday in the deaths of Cleveland police detective James Skernivitz and informant Scott Dingess.

Skernivitz and Dingess were shot to death September 3.

Investigators say McDaniel and two minors opened fire at the car.

David McDaniel

McDaniel, the 17-year-old and the 15-year-old were arrested in the following days.

McDaniel was indicted on 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.

He’s being held on $3 million bond. A judge upheld that bond amount in his arraignment Tuesday.

A spokesman with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office told the FOX 8 I-Team that a decision on the death penalty will be made after the case is reviewed by the prosecutor’s office Capital Review Committee. It could take several weeks before a decision is made, officials said.

In the meantime, McDaniel is scheduled for a pretrial hearing on September 28.

Brittany Cremeans, 24, and Antonio Darby, 27, have also been charged in the case.

They’re accused of helping dispose of the murder weapons.

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