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Two Juveniles, One Adult Charged In Cleveland Detective’s Killing

David McDaniel appears in Cleveland Municipal Court Wednesday morning. [Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas]
Justice Center in Downtown Cleveland

David McDaniel, the 18-year-old charged with the killing of Cleveland Police Det. James Skernivitz and Scott Dingess, will make his first appearance in Cleveland Municipal Court Wednesday morning.

McDaniel is charged with two counts of aggravated murder.

The court in Cleveland is expected to send the case over to Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas and the county prosecutor’s office.

According to a statement by Cleveland Division of Police, two other teenagers ages 15 and 17 have been arrested and charged with aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

McDaniel and the 17-year-old were arrested Monday, the 15-year-old turned himself in on Tuesday.

“I want to commend the investigators in this case who dedicated every waking moment to ensure that the individuals responsible for this terrible crime were properly identified and taken into custody,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams. “I am thankful to the citizens who came forward with information. Furthermore, I want to thank the community members who have offered their kind words of support and prayers. They are truly appreciated.”

The killing happened Thursday in the Stockyards neighborhood of Cleveland, near West 65 th Street and Storer Avenue.

According to reports, Skernivitz and Dingess, a confidential informant, were sitting in a car behind a mostly abandoned strip mall when the shooting happened at around 10 p.m.

Skernivitz was working undercover, and had recently been assigned to Operation Legend, a federal violent crimes task force.

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