A Franklin County judge agreed with prosecutors Feb. 20 that the man charged with killing two Westerville Division of Police officers is a danger to the community and ordered him held without bail.

Quentin L. Smith, 30, is charged with two counts of aggravated murder in the Feb. 10 shooting deaths of officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli, which could result in a death-penalty indictment when the case is presented to a grand jury.

Prosecutor Ron O'Brien filed a motion Feb. 19 asking for Smith to be held without bail, writing that a death-penalty indictment would make him ineligible for bail and calling him a danger to the community "who has no respect for the law or officers of the law."

Municipal Court Judge Paul Herbert granted the prosecution's request during Smith's initial court appearance Feb. 20. Sheryl Munson, an attorney with the county Public Defender's Office, said she did not object to her client being held without bail.

Smith, who was injured in a gun battle with the officers and hospitalized until Feb. 18, appeared with his left hand heavily bandaged and his right arm hidden beneath his inmate clothing.

He did not speak during the hearing.

Columbus Division of Police detective Gregory Sheppard told the judge the officers were shot when they responded to a 911 hang-up call from a townhouse in the 300 block of Cross Wind Drive. He said the officers entered the living room, where Smith's wife, Candace, told them her husband had assaulted her and had a gun. Smith then grabbed the gun and exchanged gunfire with the officers, Sheppard said.

Joering died at the scene; Morelli died of his injuries at Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center.

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