Family, supporters of Donna Castleberry call for indictment against Columbus vice officer

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COLUMBUS (WBNS) – A small group of family members, friends and supporters of Donna Castleberry rallied outside the Franklin County courthouse Wednesday, calling for the indictment of a Columbus Division of Police vice officer.

Andrew Mitchell was relieved of his duties in late September, one month after fatally shooting Castleberry — who also went by Donna Dalton — during an alleged prostitution sting.

Police at the time said Castleberry pulled a knife on Mitchell and that he sustained a cut to his hand. A coroner’s report shows Castleberry was shot three times and died as a result of a gunshot wound to the chest.

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Her family has acknowledged that her life had taken a different path but say that Mitchell should not have been on the force investigating crimes at the time of the fatal shooting. Two weeks earlier, on Aug. 8, a complaint shows that Mitchell had become the focus of a separate criminal investigation by his own department.

“I think a number of things that make this egregious. She was young, she was a mother, left behind a 4 and 5-year-old,” said Tynan Krakoff of the local group Showing Up For Racial Justice, which took part in the rally.

Mitchell owns several rental properties throughout the city.

10 Investigates found that there have been 630 police runs to those rental properties dating back to 2013.

A cross-check of court records by 10 Investigates found that some of the tenants who lived at Mitchell’s properties had also been picked up and cited by Columbus police vice officers for solicitation. There were also other police runs to the properties involving violent crimes and at least one vice complaint.

Donna Castleberry’s family said they were initially under the impression that a Franklin County grand jury might hear evidence against Mitchell this week, but that appears unlikely, sources tell 10 Investigates.

“Our family has been waiting six months to hear any word on what happened that day. We don't know. We don't know what happened that day," said Castleberry’s sister, Bobbi McCalla. "We deserve to know. Her family deserves to know. We don't deserve to be treated as if we are criminals,”

10 Investigates spoke to Mitchell’s attorney on Wednesday who declined to comment.