Jerome Ogletree cleared of charges in death of Jazmine Trotter, out of jail

CLEVELAND - Charges against the man arrested in connection with a brutal east side murder have been dropped.

"We still got a killer, a rapist, a murderer out in the neighborhood," said City Councilman Zack Reed who serves Ward 2 where the body of Jazmine Trotter was found in March.

Cleveland police arrested Jerome Ogletree and charged the Cleveland resident with aggravated murder following Trotter's death. But Ogletree was cleared of her death earlier this month.

"They didn't have enough evidence to hold him," added Reed.

"I want to know who did it so me and my sisters and brothers can have some type of closure because this is not fair," said Shana Johnson, daughter of Christine Malone. Malone was murdered in March, about the same time as Trotter.

The bodies of Trotter and Malone were discovered in separate but nearby locations off of East 93rd Street in March. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office determined the two women died the same way – blunt force trauma and cervical compression. Trotter was found in an abandoned house. Malone was found in a field.

"My mother is gone," said Angelique Malone, Christine's other daughter. "I can't bring her back. But I can save someone else if we find out who did this."

Safety is a major concern for Malone and her family as well as for Reed.

"Knowing that he's still out there, I feel like a lot of people are in danger," said Malone.

"Someone knows something in that community, and someone needs to bring forth that information," said Reed.

The crime didn't end with Trotter and Malone. Raven Freeman was also attacked in March, but she survived.

Freeman said a man grabbed her while walking to the bus stop in the area of E. 116th Street and Harvey Avenue and dragged her behind an abandoned house. Three witnesses chased the suspect away.

"We are people, these are women, these are kids, these are parents," said Malone. "It just has to come together better than this."

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