After a 10 day trial that started with the empaneled jury taking a trip to the crime scene where it took place, a Cuyahoga County jury found Andrey Bridges guilty of stabbing 20 year old Cemia Dove Acoff to death in January after discovering her trans status.
According to a Cleveland Plain Dealer report, the jury comprised of nine women and three men deliberated for a day before rejecting the recordings of Bridges' declarations of innocence made during his four hour police interrogation after his arrest in May.
Acoff was called several times by Bridges on the morning of January 5, hired a taxicab to pick her up and paid the driver $100 upon her arrival at his apartment in Olmstead Township, OH.
She was never seen alive again after that date. Later that day, two men stopped by the apartment house to pick up rent
money that Bridges owed. They reported finding blood spattered in the
apartment, Bridges’ hand bleeding profusely, and a bonfire burning in
Acoff's body when found three months later was stabbed 40 times and anchored to a concrete block.
Judge Hollie L. Gallagher has set the sentencing for next week and Bridges is facing 15 years to life for the murder conviction.