Death penalty indictment filed for man accused of killing 4-year-old daughter, child’s mother


The Franklin County Grand Jury has returned a four-count death penalty indictment for the man accused of killing his 4-year-old daughter and her mother last week in southeast Columbus.

Kristofer Garrett allegedly stabbed 34-year-old Nicole Duckson and 4-year-old Christina multiple times on January 5 outside of their home in the 2000 block of Fleet Road.

Authorities say Garrett waited at the home and attacked both of them when they exited the home that morning.

Nicole was supposed to pick up a co-worker that morning, and when she didn’t arrive, the co-worker went to her home and found both bodies.

Garrett was taken into custody later that night. He was denied bond during a hearing on Tuesday.

The indictment for Garrett includes aggravated murder of Nicole (prior calculation and design), aggravated murder of Christina (prior calculation and design) and an additional aggravated murder charge of Christina (victim under the age of 13).

There is also one count of tampering with evidence.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said the specifications make Garrett eligible for the death penalty including killing two more people, committing the offense to escape detection, apprehension, trial, or punishment for another offense committed by him, and killing a child under the age of 13.

“There are multiple charges regarding the two victim deaths because there are different methods to commit the crime of murder and the Prosecutor’s Office typically charges all methods,” O’Brien stated.

Arraignment for Garrett is set for January 17.

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