Thursday, April 4 2013 9:39 PM EDT2013-04-05 01:39:52 GMT
19 Action News has learned a man will go to court Friday morning to start facing charges for the murder of Jazmine Trotter. Jazmine was one of three women violently attacked in recent days on the city'sMore >>
19 Action News has learned a man will go to court Friday morning to start facing charges for the murder of Jazmine Trotter.
Tuesday, April 2 2013 10:14 PM EDT2013-04-03 02:14:11 GMT
19 Action News has learned of a break in the murder mystery a surrounding the death of Jazmine Trotter. Trotter was one of three women violently attacked in the same part of town in recent days. We'veMore >>
19 Action News has learned of a break in the murder mystery a surrounding the death of Jazmine Trotter.
We're investigating why an abandoned building that became a murder scene still hasn't been cleaned up a full year after police found a woman there, dead.
Last year, relatives found the body of Jazmine Trotter below a porch of a rundown, empty house near East 93rd Street and Harvard Avenue in Cleveland. So after all this time, why hasn't anything been done with this mess?
Neighbors wonder why it hasn't been torn down, or fixed up yet.
"Outrageous that they didn't tear it down yet," says one resident.
Another said, "It was on fire the other day."
City Hall says it has issued a violation notice. The owner has pulled permits to fix the place up. He has until May to show big progress, otherwise; the city could take more action and possibly knock the building down.
Councilman Zack Reed thinks the owner has already had too much time.
"I just don't believe this guy's going to fix this himself," said Reed, adding, "What kind of message does that send that a woman on her way to work is found dead here, and a year later, this place sits in the exact same condition?"
There are no suspects in Jazmine Trotter's death. Investigators are still working on that and the cases of a few other women murdered in this part of town.
We knocked at the home believed to be the property owner's house, but there was no answer.
The city pointed out that no one could get onto the property for a long time, due to the crime scene investigation, and that has added to the delay.