Man held on $3M bond in death of 14-year-old Cleveland girl

Photo courtesy of Cleveland Police Department

CLEVELAND (AP) – The man charged with aggravated murder in the death of a 14-year-old Cleveland girl found in an abandoned house is being held on $3 million bond.

Investigators haven’t provided details about how Alianna DeFreeze died. They say forensic evidence led them to 44-year-old Christopher Whitaker, of South Euclid.

The public defender representing Whitaker argued unsuccessfully for a lower bond during his client’s initial appearance in Cleveland Municipal Court over the weekend. Whitaker’s attorney said Monday that he could not comment on the case because of client confidentiality.

Whitaker was arrested last Thursday, days after the teen’s body was found.

Surveillance cameras recorded her getting off a public bus in that area on Jan. 26. Her mother had reported her missing after she failed to show up for school. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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