A man who lived on the same street as the late Ariel Castro pled not guilty to the cold-case murders of two women. The cases were cold until Castro was discovered and police had renewed interest in the neighborhood. A judge has set bail for Elias Acevedo Sr. at $5 million. Acevedo lived only a few doors down from the Castro home, where Ariel Castro falsely imprisoned three young girls for a decade.
Acevedo, 49, was arrested after police discovered that he was a convicted sex offender who had failed to report his address to authorities. He is now accused of kidnapping, raping, and murdering 30-year-old Pamela Pemberton, who was found strangled to death in 1994, and Christina Adkins, a pregnant 18-year-old who disappeared in 1995.
Acevedo is also charged with raping two young girls. He has pled not guilty to the 293-count indictment. Acevedo was convicted of sexual battery in 2003, was sentenced to three years in prison, and labeled a sex offender. He became a suspect after Castro’s arrest when the FBI decided to look into the disappearances of other women from the surrounding neighborhood. Castro was found hanging in his prison cell last month, a month into his life sentence for kidnapping and raping Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight. His death was initially ruled a suicide, but the discovery of false prison logs led to a new investigation that raised questions about possible accidental auto-erotic asphyxiation.