A Cleveland man accused of murdering a transgender woman and dumping the body in an Olmsted Township pond is speaking out to NewsChannel5 from behind bars.
CLEVELAND - Andrey Bridges, the man facing multiple charges in the case of a body found in an Olmsted Township pond, appeared in court Thursday morning.
Judge Hollie L. Gallagher has been assigned to the case and his bond which was set at $5 million was continued.
A pretrial has been set for May 21, at 9 a.m.
Bridges claimed that he did not have any money so the courts appointed him a public defender. Attorney Henry Hilow will serve as counsel in the case.
Bridges is charged with aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, tampering with evidence, kidnapping and crime against a human corpse in the death of Cemia Dove.
Note: Dove was referred to as Carl Edward Acoff Jr. in past stories, as the body was initially identified as a man. It has since been learned that the victim identifies as a transgendered female, Cemia Dove.
Andrey Bridges, the man facing multiple charges in the case of a body found in an Olmsted Township pond, appeared in Cleveland Municipal Court Thursday morning.
Police and FBI agents arrested a suspect wanted in the murder of Carl Edward Acoff Jr.
The man accused of killing transgender woman Cemia Dove and leaving her remains in an Olmsted Township pond was indicted on murder and kidnapping charges.
The man accused of killing Cemia Dove and leaving her body in an Olmsted Township pond appeared in court on Friday.
A memorial will be held Monday from 5-6 p.m. at the Beyond Identities Community Center in Cleveland for Cemia Dove, whose body was found in an Olmsted Township pond.
Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman said the murder of a transgender woman whose body was found in a pond should be treated as a hate crime.
Olmsted Township police have identified the man's body found in a pond and tied to a concrete block and steel pipe on April 17.