With lit candles, family members, friends and community members stood side-by-side in the first vigil held for Christina Adkins since her remains were discovered earlier this month on Cleveland's west side.
CLEVELAND - Elias Acevedo, the 49-year-old Cleveland man charged with the murder of 30-year-old Pamela Pemberton and 18-year-old Christina Adkins, pleaded not guilty to the nearly 300 counts against him Monday morning.
He's being held on the medical floor of the Cuyahoga County Jail, his attorney told NewsChannel5 reporter Tracy Carloss.
The judge set bond at $5 million dollars, one million for each victim. The judge announced in court the indictment, which identified the second victim as a "Jane Doe", will now be changed to say Christina Adkins.
Adkins' mother and family members were in courtroom for Monday's proceedings.
Prosecutors filed the indictment last week.
Acevedo has been charged with 293 counts.
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.
He's been held in Cuyahoga County Jail since June after DNA connected him to a 1993 case.
Authorities in Cleveland have been looking into the disappearances of women in the city following the escape of three women held captive for a decade in a home owned by Ariel Castro.
After almost two decades of silence, the Adkins family finally received an answer today but not the answer they were hoping and praying for.
The Cuyahoga Medical Examiner has positively identified the remains discovered near Interstate 90 and the Jennings Freeway as Christina Adkins, who went missing in 1995.
A contractor working in the former home of murder suspect Elias Acevedo, Sr. found a box of underwear hidden in the ceiling of the home Friday, NewsChannel5 has learned.
Authorities have been called back to the former home of Elias Acevedo, Sr., who is charged with the murders of two women including Pamela Pemberton and a yet-unidentified woman believed to be Christina Adkins
Authorities have charged Elias Acevedo, Sr. with 293 counts including the murder of Pamela Pemberton and an unidentified woman they believe is Christina Adkins.
The sister of a 1994 murder victim is speaking out for the first time since the 20-year-old murder case was reopened.
Some Cleveland cold cases are getting renewed attention because of DNA testing and new information.
Sources connected to the investigation of human remains found Friday say that the skeleton was fairly complete and that DNA is expected to be used to confirm the identity.
Investigators are still trying to determine the age and gender of the remains found on Friday near Interstate 90 and the Jennings Freeway.