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Former Columbus officer to be retried for Castelberry's 2018 death

Donna Castleberry, from a family photo

Franklin County prosecutors announced Friday they will retry Andrew Mitchell for the 2018 death of Donna Castleberry, who was fatally shot while sitting in Mitchell’s unmarked police vehicle.

Mitchell did not have his badge or a police radio with him when he picked up Castelberry during an undercover prostitution sting, and audio recorded by the officer's cellphone shows she was suspicious. Mitchell shot Castelberry three times in the back seat of the car.

Defense attorneys argued Mitchell was defending himself because Castleberry stabbed him in the hand. Jurors were unable to reach a verdict in Mitchell's first trial earlier this month.

Mitchell is also facing several charges in federal court related to allegations he forced two women to have sex with him in exchange for their freedom after he arrested them.

In 2021 City Council also approved a $1.2 million settlement of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Castleberry's family against the city and Mitchell.

A native of Chicago, naturalized citizen of Cincinnati and resident of Columbus, Alison attended Earlham College and the Ohio State University. She has equal passion for Midwest history, hockey and Slavic poetry.