Robert Stewart

On October 2, 2023, the Hamilton County Prosecutor announced the indictment of 64-year-old Robert Stewart for the 2003 murder of Herman Brown in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Brown’s body was found during a welfare check on February 15, 2003, after a strong odour was noticed coming from his apartment. Brown had been sexually assaulted and stabbed numerous times. He had an extension cord wrapped around his neck.

DNA profiles of a single suspect were developed from a genital swab, 6 cigarette butts found in the apartment, and blood from the bathroom sink. DNA was recently extracted from one of the cigarette butts to develop a DNA profile suitable for genetic genealogy.

Stewart is facing two charges of murder and one count of felonious assault in Hamilton County Court. He is currently being held on a $500,000 bond.


Fox 19 Digital Staff. “20 Years Later: Murder Suspect Indicted in 2003 Cold Case.” Fox 19 News, October 2, 2023. Accessed October 3, 2023.

Hamilton County Prosecutor. “Genealogy Finds Match to DNA From Cigarette Butts Left at 2003 Crime Scene.” Forensic Magazine, October 2, 2023. Accessed October 3, 2023.

Keel, Fletcher. “Prosecutor: Man Indicted in Connection to 2003 Cincinnati Murder.” WLWT 5 News, October 2, 2023. Accessed October 3, 2023.

Knight, Cameron. “DNA Search Leads to Match, Indictment in Homicide Case 20 Years Later.” Cincinnati Enquirer, October 2, 2023. Accessed October 3, 2023.


First Name Robert
Last Name Stewart
Other Names
Victims 1 (Details)
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Case Cleared 2023-10-02
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Case ID Name Age Case Opened Location Investigating Org Most Serious Charge Disposition Court
2070 Herman Brown 46 2003-02-15 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati PD Second degree murder Case is currently pending before the court Hamilton CO COM PL

Last updated: February 13, 2024

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Case data and narrative licensed under CC BY 4.0: Dowdeswell, Tracey (2023), “Forensic Genetic Genealogy Project v. 2022”, Mendeley Data, V1, doi: 10.17632/jcycgvhm96.1. All other content, including photos, have been added.