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Murder Cover Up Action By Sharonville, Ohio Police Settles For $1.5 Million

City of Sharonville (Ohio) officials engaged in a $1.5 million settlement in 2006 which dismissed a federal suit for police misconduct. Detective James Cramer, under the supervision of then police chief William Nuss, allegedly hindered an investigation to protect Albert Schuholz from conviction for two 1981 murders.

Marie Schuholz and Starla Burns were fatally beaten and stabbed in 1981. Plaintiff surviving children alleged their constant attempts at investigative inquiry into the murder probe headed by Cramer and claimed that he dissuaded their further pursuit claiming possible harm to the proceeding's outcome. Plaintiff representative Patricia Kammeyer claimed that Albert Schuholz employed Cramer as his personal collection agent for his loan sharking business. Albert Schuholz was charged with the murders in 1999 after a plea of guilty to attempted murder for hire against his fourth wife. Kammeyer brought action against the City of Sharonville for civil rights violations and various counts of conspiracy to cover up and destroy evidence in a murder investigation. See: Kammeyer v. City of Sharonville, Case No. c 1 01 649 (D. Ohio, 2006)

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Kammeyer v. City of Sharonville