EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — Multiple people charged for their roles in the death of Alishah Pointer appeared in East Cleveland Municipal Court on Monday afternoon.
Anthony Bryant, Brittany Smith, Portria Williams, and Nathaniel Poke, Jr. are all charged with murder in the alleged torture and killing of Pointer, whose body was found inside a burned-out home on Savannah Avenue in East Cleveland last week.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner says the 22-year-old died from multiple gunshot wounds.
ALISHAH POINTER CASE: 6 now in custody of East Cleveland Police
In the suspects' initial hearing, Judge William L. Dawson issued each a bond of $2 million. Their cases were also transferred to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.
Two other suspects in the case are in police custody. Indya Pauldo is awaiting her hearing, while 17-year-old Destiny Henderson's case is currently in juvenile court. Another suspect, Hakeem-Ali Shomo, remains at large.
Police Chief Scott Gardner told 3News it is believed several members of the group, if not all, took part in kidnapping Pointer. Investigators think assailants kidnapped Pointer after an acquaintance had lured her from her residence.
Police say say the assailants believed Pointer had information relating to a homicide that took place in Cleveland on Nov. 2, possibly the shooting death of Aminjas Zion Shomo, a relative of Hakeem Ali Shomo.