It is over a decade since the partially clothed body of Jazmine Trotter was found lying lifeless under a porch by her family and yet, the murderer is still at large. The Cleveland police authorities have not solved her murder. Her family is still grieving the loss and hoping for justice.
In 2013 it seemed as though justice was very close when a suspect was arrested in connection to her murder. This was not to be as the person’s conviction was later dismissed, although there was DNA evidence.
The bigger question that remains on the lips of her family, friends, and neighbors is why was she murdered? This post talks about everything known relating to her murder.
Who was Jazmine Trotter?
Jazmine was born in 1993 in Cleveland, Ohio, the United States. She was raised alongside her brother in a tight-knitted family by her mother Monique Williams. She also has an aunt whose name is Phenon Williams.
Before her murder, Trotter was living a free life, working and having a relationship. She also has a son whom she left behind.
The Truth About Her Murder
The Cleveland native left her boyfriend’s apartment to stroll to work around 5 am on 22nd March 2013 says a report. Since she left, there was no trace of her whereabouts. Her boyfriend filed a person’s missing report the following day.
Her mother, brother, and cousin found her body in a rather bizarre appearance on the afternoon of March 24th. According to reports, she was partially clothed when her body was found under the porch of an abandoned home on East 93rd Street in Cleveland’s Union-Miles neighborhood.
According to Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office, the 20-year-old Trotter was beaten to death and strangled. The Police authorities in Cleveland made a disturbing revelation, saying she was sexually assaulted.
Going by the above, it could mean she was raped before the beating and strangulation.
Why was Jazmine Trotter Murdered?
Since Trotter’s brutal murder in March 2013, the police authorities in Cleveland have not been able to reveal why she was killed. To this day, her family is seeking an answer and justice for their daughter’s killer.
The only response that came from Cleveland’s police was that the 20-year-old deceased mother of one knew each other with the man who was initially arrested in connection to her murder.
Was her killer Arrested and Prosecuted?
Police authorities in Cleveland arrested Jerome Ogletree, a man who has a long record of drug trafficking and drug abuse, robbery, and car theft. He was named as a suspect after DNA found on the 20-year-old’s body was positive for Ogletree’s.
The murder suspect was held at Cuyahoga County Jail before he made his first appearance in Cleveland Municipal Court. His bond was set at $1 million.
Her family must have heaved a sigh of relief when the suspect was arrested and even taken to court. However, what they didn’t see coming was the dismissal of his conviction. This happened despite the positive DNA match.
As it stands now, Jazmine Trotter’s killer has not been found. Therefore, her murder remains unsolved. This development has further added more pain to her family, but they said, they would never give up until they find justice for her.
Other Murders That Remained Unsolved Before and After Jazmine Trotter’s Murder
Apart from Trotter’s murder which remains unsolved, there are four more within Cleveland. These murders seem to share a likability. All the victims were women, and each was murdered within 2 miles of each other on Cleveland’s east side. The only difference that existed between the murders was that the teenage murder was solved.
Three months before Trotter’s murder, the dead body of 37-year-old Jameela Hassan was found with stab wounds at her home on Manor Avenue, Cleveland on 17th December 2012.
Four days after Trotter’s dead body on 24th March 2013, the body of 45-year-old Christine Malone was discovered in a field on Bessemer Avenue two days after her family filed a missing report. While 21-year-old Ashley Leszyeski’s dead body was found in a field on East 93rd Street and Anderson Avenue on May 28 2013 after her family filed a mission report on 6th May 2013.
In January 2017, the lifeless body of 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze was discovered in an abandoned house on Fuller Avenue three days after she went missing on her way to school. However, her case was the only difference as her killer, Christopher Whitaker was found.
He was arrested and sentenced to death after he was found guilty of kidnapping, raping, and murdering the teenager. The convicted killer asked the Ohio Supreme Court to overturn the death sentence.
Meanwhile, the date for his execution has not been fixed.