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.