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Cleveland man indicted in decades-old killing of 2 women

From Kevin Conlon, CNN
updated 7:52 PM EDT, Thu October 17, 2013
Elias Acevedo, a 49-year-old Cleveland man, has been charged with the murder.
Elias Acevedo, a 49-year-old Cleveland man, has been charged with the murder.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Elias Acevedo, 49, has been charged with 293 counts, including rape and murder
  • Acevedo is accused of strangling 30-year-old Pamela Pemberton
  • He also is accused of killing Christina Adkins, who disappeared in 1995
  • Authorities believe they found Adkins remains this month

(CNN) -- A Cleveland man was indicted Thursday in the killings of two women, cases that were resurrected after the discovery of three women held captive for years by Ariel Castro.

Elias Acevedo Sr., 49, was charged with 293 counts, including aggravated murder, rape and kidnapping, said Timothy McGinty, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

Acevedo is accused of strangling 30-year-old Pamela Pemberton on October, 24, 1994, and leaving her body in a vacant lot, according to the indictment and authorities.

Last week, the FBI's Violent Crime Task Force linked Acevedo to the murder of Christina Adkins, who disappeared in 1995 at age 18, McGinty said.

Remains believed to be those of Adkins were found this month in a utility vault near the intersection of interstates 71, 90 and 490, the prosecutor said. As a result of the finding, the grand jury indicted Acevedo on murder charges in that case, too.

Questions about ignored clues

Acevedo was indicted earlier this year in a 1993 rape, which occurred near where Pemberton's body was found the next year, McGinty said.

Bret Jordan, Acevedo's attorney in the 1993 case, declined to comment on the latest indictments.

Acevedo is expected to be arraigned on the new charges next week. Jordan said he will find out at the arraignment whether he has been assigned the new case.

Acevedo was arrested earlier this year in the same Cleveland neighborhood where authorities found Amanda Berry, Georgina "Gina" DeJesus and Michelle Knight in May at Castro's two-story home.

Castro, who pleaded guilty to 937 counts, was found hanged with a bedsheet in his jail cell on September 3.

CNN's Chelsea J. Carter contributed to this report.

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