Elias Acevedo charged in connection with Christina Adkins, Pamela Pemberton

CLEVELAND - Elias Acevedo, a 49-year-old Cleveland man, has been charged with the murder of Pamela Pemberton and another woman authorities believe is Christina Adkins, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said during a press conference Thursday.

Acevedo has been charged with 293 counts, including the aggravated murder of Pemberton in 1994 and of an unidentified woman in 1995, the same month that Christina Adkins went missing.

He's also been charged with the rape and kidnapping of two girls when they were as young as 8 and 11, and, a few months ago, was charged in a 1993 rape case.

In all, Acevedo faces four counts of aggravated murder, 173 counts of rape, 115 counts of kidnapping and one count of gross sexual imposition; plus two counts of rape and one of kidnapping from the 1993 case.

McGinty said that authorities uncovered Acevedo as a person of interest while revisiting cold cases after Ariel Castro's arrest.

Sources told NewsChannel5 last week that Acevedo, 49, is a person of interest in the Christina Adkins case.

Adkins was 18 and pregnant when she went missing in 1995.

On Oct. 11, authorities searching for her discovered remains in the area of Interstate 90 and the Jennings Freeway. Those skeletal remains have not been identified, however, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office said they are human, and Adkins' ID was found with the remains.

Acevedo was arrested on June 11 by members of a U.S. Marshals Task force in connection with a 1993 rape. DNA evidence obtained allegedly connected Acevedo to the cold case and he remains in the Cuyahoga County jail.

Acevedo has a long criminal history that dates back to 1988, including theft, receiving stolen property and a 2003 rape and kidnapping case where he was sentenced to three years in prison.

Then in May of this year, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office issued a warrant for Acevedo for failing to provide change of address notice. Soon after, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation identified Acevedo as a suspect in the 1993 unsolved rape.

Court records revealed he has been treated for a mental disorder.

NewsChannel5 will update this story as information becomes available.

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