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6 indicted in torturing and killing of 22-year-old Alishah Pointer

Six suspects have been indicted on additional charges in the torturing and killing of 22-year-old Alishah Pointer in East Cleveland.

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a previous story.

Six suspects have been indicted on charges in connection to the death of 22-year-old Alishah Pointer, who was killed and tortured in East Cleveland last November.

All six suspects -- Hakeem Ali Shomo, Anthony Bryant, Brittany Smith, Destiny Henderson, Portria Williams, and Nathaniel Poke, Jr. -- had previously been arrested in the weeks following Pointer's kidnapping and killing in November. On Tuesday, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley announced the following indictments for the suspects, whose ages range from 18-33:

Portria Williams and Hakeem-Ali Shomo:

  • Two counts of Aggravated Murder
  • Three counts of Murder
  • Two counts of Felonious Assault
  • Five counts of Kidnapping
  • One count of Conspiracy
  • One count of Having Weapons While Under Disability

Destiny Henderson, Nathaniel Poke Jr., Anthony Bryant, and Brittany Smith:

  • Two counts of Aggravated Murder
  • Three counts of Murder
  • Two counts of Felonious Assault
  • Five counts of Kidnapping
  • One count of Conspiracy

According to the prosecutor's office, it is believed that Williams, Henderson, Poke, and Shomo drove to a residence near Glenmont Road and Superior Road in East Cleveland on Nov. 4. Once there, Henderson and Shomo, who was armed with a gun, allegedly forced two female victims, 25 and 21, to get inside their vehicle and take them to Pointer's location.

Williams, Henderson, Poke, and Shomo proceeded to drive to Pointer's location before luring her out of the residence and taking her to another location at gunpoint. The first two victims were ultimately released.

Pointer was then transported to Williams' residence, where she was held into the following day. Smith and Bryant arrived and Poke left, with Shomo, Smith, and Bryant physically assaulting Pointer in an effort to gain information related to their friend’s death.

Afterward, Shomo left, with Henderson, Smith, Williams, and Bryant forcing Pointer inside their vehicle before driving her to an abandoned residence near Savannah Avenue and Manhattan Avenue in East Cleveland. Inside the residence, Williams and Bryant allegedly fired several shots at the Pointer, who was found deceased by the East Cleveland Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Nov. 9.

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