Sheriff: Hit Man Killed the Wrong 'Daniel Ott'

The contract killing happened 9 years ago
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 11, 2015 2:37 AM CDT
Sheriff: Hit Man Killed Guy With Same Name as Target
Alleged hit man Chad South.   (Geauga County Sheriff's Office via Maple Leaf)

Three men were indicted yesterday on aggravated murder charges for a contract killing nine years ago in which the hit man went to the wrong house and killed a man with the same name as the intended target, authorities in Ohio say. Geauga County Sheriff Dan McClelland says Joseph Rosebrook hired a man to kill a Daniel Ott. Authorities say it was in retaliation for Ott's willingness to testify against Rosebrook, the operator of a stolen-car operation. His cooperation had forced Rosebrook to plead guilty to a conspiracy charge in central Ohio and accept a 10-year sentence. McClelland says the hired man broke into a home in northeast Ohio and, after a struggle, killed 31-year-old Daniel Ott with a shotgun. But it was the wrong house and the wrong Daniel Ott.

The only thing the slain Daniel Ott was guilty of was having the name Daniel Ott. He worked at a greenhouse nursery and lived an unassuming life with his girlfriend in quiet Burton Township. Rosebrook was released from his sentence in March 2014 and moved to Florida. His brother, Carl, handled the payment to alleged hit man Chad South while Rosebrook was in prison, and it took wiretaps, the help of state investigators, and dogged determination to finally arrest the three men, McClelland says. The Daniel Ott who was the intended target has survived two assassination attempts, says the sheriff, who sensibly declined to say where that Daniel Ott lives. (More Ohio stories.)

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