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 - The man accused of killing a transgender woman and leaving her remains in an Olmsted Township pond was indicted on six counts on Monday.
Andrey L. Bridges stabbed 20-year-old Cemia Dove multiple times on Jan. 5, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office said. The 36-year-old Cleveland man then left Dove's body in a retention pond on McKenzie Road, police said.
Dove was reported missing on March 27. On April 17, officers were called to the pond, where they found the body floating. Police said there was a concrete block and steel pipe tied to the body.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said Bridges was charged with one count each of aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, kidnapping, tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse. Last week, Bridges's bond was set at $5 million.
Dove, a 20-year-old transgender woman from Cleveland, was identified by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office as Carl Acoff Jr.
Cleveland City Councilman Joe Cimperman said he believes the murder should be treated as a hate crime.
"While Cemia struggled, she did not deserve to die as what is likely a hate crime. Too often we lose loved ones because of fear or hate," Cimperman said earlier this month.