CLEVELAND - The man accused of killing 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze was indicted Monday.
"This defendant snatched a 14-year-old child off the street and brutally murdered her," Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O'Malley said in a news release. "The facts of this case together twitch his violent criminal history compels this Office to seek the death penalty."
Whitaker was arrested Feb. 2 after the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office used forensic evidence to identify him as a suspect in Alianna's death, the Cleveland police department said in a news release.
Alianna, who suffered from mental health issues, was reported missing last month after she did not show up to school. She got onto an RTA bus about 6:45 a.m. Thursday on the 3400 block of East 149th Street and got off the bus to switch lines at East 93rd and Kinsman Avenue, police said.
Alianna never made it onto the second bus, and she was found dead Sunday evening inside an abandoned home on Fuller Avenue, east of East 93rd Street and south of Kinsman Road.
Whitaker is a registered sex offender stemming from a 2005 guilty plea to sexual battery and felonious assault charges after police said he attacked a woman and stabbed her with scissors.
Whitaker on April 8, 2005 called a then-45-year-old woman several times throughout the night. He asked permission to use the restroom in her apartment at the Trinity Towers apartment complex on Rockside Road in Bedford Heights.
The woman let him into the apartment. Whitaker went into the restroom and emerged with a pair of scissors. He choked the woman unconscious.
He sexually assaulted while she was unconscious and stabbed her twice in the neck with the scissors.
Whitaker served four years in prison. He also has prior burglary convictions.Tweet