Convicted sex offender, 36-year-old Michael Madison, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - A statement was released by the family of Angela Deskins, the first victim identified in the East Cleveland murders over the weekend where three bodies were found.
The statement reads:
"Angela Deskins was a beautiful, sweet, kind hearted woman. She was raised in Novelty, Ohio by her father Robert Deskins and her step-mother Linda Deskins. Everyone who knew her loved her. She was a wonderful daughter, sister and aunt who truly cared about her family and friends. She is loved so much and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Our family would appreciate privacy during this time. "
Michael Madison is being held on a $6 million bond and police said they believe he is responsible for the murders.
Monday night, a community meeting was held at the New Covenant Lutheran Church, not far from where the bodies were found. Those who attended seemed to echo the same theme - "Come together."
East Cleveland Councilman Nathaniel Martin is hoping the message doesn't get lost as people return to their everyday lives.
"People on the street, citizens, they have to be engaged," Martin said outside the church. "Too often citizens say, ‘I'm not going to get involved.' Please get involved in your community."
The meeting was organized by the Northeast Ohio Alliance for Hope (N.O.A.H) who plan to train community members and hit the streets Tuesday around 1 p.m. handing out flyers for Shirellda Terry.
They collected over $200, which will be given to Terry's mother to help defer some of her out-of-pocket expenses for supplying volunteers. Those volunteers have been standing on East 147th Street and St. Clair Avenue handing out flyers hoping someone has seen her.
Terry has been missing since June 10.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty announced Tuesday he will seek the death penalty against accused East Cleveland killer Michael Madison.
The defense for an Ohio man charged with killing three women and dumping their bodies in trash bags will have extensive files to argue against the death penalty.
Michael Madison, accused of killing three women and leaving their bodies in East Cleveland, appeared in court for a pretrial hearing Tuesday morning.
A prosecutor says no decision will be made on the death penalty until at least next month in the case against an Ohio man charged with killing three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags.
A man is headed back to court in Cleveland on charges of kidnapping and killing three women whose bodies were found wrapped in trash bags.
Dozens gathered on vacant property on Friday, outside of the same abandoned home that hid the body of an East Cleveland murder victim.
East Cleveland police have released a picture of suspected serial killer Michael Madison's car.
East Cleveland police release images of the evidence in accused Killer Michael Madison's case.