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Kurt Ballman

Homicide Detective

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Detectives Jeff Schare and Kurt Ballman happened to be on duty in February 2005 when a small, fragile-looking woman with a disturbing story came into the homicide squad offices downtown.

"If God had a hand in it, if there was divine intervention, this was it," says Ballman. "The first box we looked in was marked 'miscellaneous homicides.' The first file we pulled read 'Patrolman Donald Martin Homicide.'"
Reviewing the details, it was quickly apparent that the aging woman's confessional was not about the Martin case, and they could find no record of similar unsolved crimes in the area in the early 1960s. It appeared that the husband's drunken tale was just that-a fabrication. But for detectives Schare and Ballman, it was the beginning of a new investigation-one they were going to own.
"When we were going through the evidence," recalls Ballman, "I pulled out Don's uniform and police hat and realized it's the same kind we wear today. I got teary-eyed. I knew we had to give it a shot."
Schare and Ballman have a lot in common.
"One of the things about being a homicide detective [is] you always want to go to the scene," Ballman says.
Ballman and Schare had the Martin case file, but the file Schimpf and Stagenhorst had kept on Walls was missing.
Ironically, that's exactly what Schare and Ballman think happened when Stagenhorst died-the file was probably discarded, and with it, the history of Walls as a suspect.
The job for Schare and Ballman, then, was to find all the bits that "fell through the cracks" and piece together the puzzle.
Schare and Ballman identified and tracked down anyone they could associate with the case-family members, friends, and any police officers and witnesses who might know anything.
Dove told Schare and Ballman of an encounter where Walls grabbed her, pulled her down an alley, held a handgun to her head and said, "I'll fucking kill you just like I killed that cop!"
William Walls, Walter's brother, told Ballman and Schare that Walter said he was trying to break into a car on a dealership lot to steal a battery when he was confronted by a police officer.
In the end, Ballman and Schare determined that Walls and two accomplices-his brother, Jesse James Walls, and Charles "Cadillac Charlie" Jillson-were responsible for the murder of Donald Martin during the early morning hours of March 11, 1961.
Schare and Ballman are still on the force and have received much-deserved recognition for closing the Martin case.
Kurt Ballman and Jeff Schare take pride in solving the 44-year-old murder of a brother officer.

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With no leads, Detectives Greg Gehring and Kurt Ballman hope a witness will come forward to lead them to a suspect.

Cincinnati Homicide Detective Kurt Ballman investigates a brutal beating death in the close-knit East End neighborhood.

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Detective Kurt Ballman has spent nearly two years looking for "Reno". Desiree's case file is thick with paperwork - but to this day none of Reno's friends will give up any information."They have selective memories. Saying hey I've known Reno for years but I never really heard his real name. You sit here and you hear that and you know you're being lied to."

Ballman knows the group used to hang at this gas station at Mitchell and Vine. He knows Reno is a shorter black man - and at the time he was in his late teens with braided hair and a light beard and mustache. But, until he can match a face with the nickname - Desiree's murder won't be solved. "We probably figure out 80 90 percent of the time who our suspects are but knowing who that is and proving are two different things."
At least one of Desiree's daughters was inside of the apartment when her mother was gunned down. Detective Ballman wants the get the shooter off the street for Desiree's family - especially her three kids.

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Detective Kurt Ballman

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Cincinnati Homicide Detective Kurt Ballman investigates a brutal beating death in the close-knit East End neighborhood.

Cincinnati Homicide Detective Kurt Ballman investigates a brutal beating death in the close-knit East End neighborhood.

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