Pretrial set for Ohio murder, serial rape suspect

Convicted sex offender charged with 2 murder, 173 rape counts


CLEVELAND — The legal groundwork could begin emerging at the first pretrial hearing for a convicted sex offender charged in Ohio with nearly 300 counts, including aggravated murder and rape.

A pretrial was scheduled today in Cleveland for 49-year-old Elias Acevedo. The charges against him include 173 counts of rape.

He pleaded not guilty last week and was being held on $5 million bond.

The charges against Acevedo date to the mid-1990s. The murder charges involve the deaths of a neighbor in 1994 and another woman in 1995.