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« on: October 21, 2013, 08:58:39 AM »

Neighbor of Cleveland kidnapper charged with murders from 1990s
October 18, 2013

CLEVELAND, Oct 18 (Reuters) - Increased scrutiny of missing
person cases in a Cleveland neighborhood following the arrest of
kidnapper Ariel Castro led to charges against a neighbor for the
murders of two women in the 1990s, the FBI said on Friday.

Elias Acevedo, Sr., 49, was charged late Thursday with the
kidnapping, rape and murder of his 30-year-old neighbor, Pamela
Pemberton, found strangled in 1994, and another woman believed
to be Christina Adkins, a pregnant 18-year-old who disappeared
in 1995. He also is charged with the rape of two young girls.

"Because the public became more aware and investigators were
determined and relentless, people were re-interviewed and there
was an increased interest in these missing person cases," FBI
spokeswoman Vicki Anderson said.

Acevedo, who lived on the same block as Castro, was arrested
in June at his Seymour Avenue residence after police questioned
Castro's neighbors and discovered that Acevedo was a convicted
sex offender who had failed to report his current address.

Acevedo became a suspect in the Adkins and Pemberton murders
after the FBI re-examined the disappearance of other missing
women from the Seymour Avenue neighborhood in the aftermath of
Castro's arrest, according to a statement from the Cuyahoga
County prosecutor's office.
While incarcerated, Acevedo's DNA was linked to a 1993 rape
that occurred near the location where Pemberton's body was
found. The FBI then linked Acevedo to the 1995 disappearance of
Adkins, last seen in the vicinity of Seymour Avenue.

Acevedo has confessed to the murders, which means
authorities will not seek the death penalty, according to Joe
Frolik, spokesman for the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office.

Acevedo led authorities to a spot near a highway where he
had put Adkins' body in a manhole 18 years ago, according to the
FBI and prosecutors.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office is in the
process of positively identifying what are believed to be
Adkins' remains after her identification card was found nearby.
The indictment against Acevedo includes 115 kidnapping
charges and more than 173 charges of rape involving Adkins,
Pemberton and the repeated rapes over a period of months of two
girls, starting when they were 8 and 11 years old. He was also
charged in the 1993 rape of his brother's common-law wife.
Acevedo is scheduled to be arraigned in Cuyahoga County
Common Pleas court Monday. He has not yet been assigned a
lawyer, according to court documents.

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Ariel Castro’s Neighbor Admits To Raping Children, Killing Two Women 15 Years Ago
December 31, 2013

CLEVELAND (AP) –  A sex offender accused of killing two women more than 15 years ago and raping children pleaded guilty on Monday to hundreds of charges, crying when some of his surviving victims addressed him.
Acevedo, 49, agreed to plead guilty to 297 counts, including murdering the women and kidnapping and raping children. He accepted a life prison term under the plea deal.

The two 20-years-to-life sentences for aggravated murder and sentences for other crimes total 445 years, the judge said.

The murder charges involve a Cleveland neighbor, Pamela Pemberton, who was killed in 1994, and 18-year-old Christina Adkins, who was pregnant when she disappeared in 1995.

Acevedo also was charged with rape and sexual assault involving attacks on minors, some dating back more than 25 years. He folded his cuffed handed together as Judge Michael Donnelly read the terms of the plea deal and explained it.

Acevedo's case is the latest among a group of high-profile cases involving violence against women in and around Cleveland.

Authorities re-examined the disappearances of women in the city following the escape of three women held captive for a decade in the run-down home of Ariel Castro.

The prosecutor's office said Acevedo most recently lived about a block away from Castro, who kidnapped the three women when they were in their teens or early 20s, imprisoned them in his home and raped them repeatedly, fathering a child with one of them.
At Monday's sentencing, FBI agent Andrew Burke said investigators reopening missing-person cases in the area began to focus on Acevedo during the summer based on discrepancies in earlier law enforcement interviews, his sex crime conviction and tips.

Acevedo, faced with the mounting evidence, admitted killing the women after authorities agreed to skip the death penalty if he detailed the crimes, Burke said. Acevedo described the killings and pinpointed the locations, all information consistent with details developed by investigators, Burke said.

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