Convicted sex offender, 36-year-old Michael Madison, pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.
CLEVELAND - Van Terry stopped by the site Tuesday afternoon along the St. Clair Avenue where volunteers have been handing out fliers with his daughter's picture on it.
Shirellda Terry, 18, disappeared after last being seen in this block around 1:30 p.m. July 10 as she made her way home early from work.
Terry went to see his mother who had been handing out the fliers hoping to find her granddaughter.
"Ride with me," he asked her. The news he had to share was the worst any parent could ever share: His daughter was gone.
Terry learned Tuesday that the third body found over the weekend in East Cleveland was his daughter.
"It's final," he said coming to grips with what he'd just been told. "The tears have poured, the pain is there and it's final - right now we just got to move to the next step."
When news broke over the weekend of the bodies found in East Cleveland Shirellda Terry's family held out hope that she wasn't one of the victims, that she would somehow come home.
Michael Madison, 35, has been charged with the three deaths and sits behind bars on $6 million bond. Terry said he hopes if he's convicted, that's where he stays for the rest of his life.
"I don't want him to get the death penalty to be honest with you. Release him inside the (prison) population and let him deal with it every day of his life. That's what I think; I think he should suffer like we suffered," Terry said.
Shirellda Terry was a teen who loved books, her family said. She was very religious, finding great joy in both Bible study and praise dancing.
"Right now, baby go ahead and do your prayer dance for the lord himself - you up there with him - do your dance for him," Terry said in a message to his daughter. "I know that's who she's dancing for right now, the lord."
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.