Arrests Made in Cold Case Murders

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CLEVELAND — Two arrests have been made in two murder cold cases, according to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office.

Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced the arrests Wednesday after investigations by the office’s Cold Case Unit. Jerome Wade, 63, faces several charges including aggravated murder in the killing of 68-year-old Mary Hudson in 2006. Eric Register, 49, was charged with aggravated murder and other charges for the 1989 death of 34-year-old Armond Earl.

A repairman and security guard found Mary Hudson’s body was on the bedroom floor of her East Cleveland apartment on Sept. 6, 2006. She appeared to have been strangled and tied up with a stocking and telephone cord, though police found no signs of forced entry. The apartment was also ransacked, and a music system and sofa cushion cover were stolen.

Investigators linked the case to Wade through a match from DNA located under the victim’s body and fingerprints from a drinking glass in her apartment. Wade has since been indicted on two counts of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary, three counts of kidnapping and aggravated robbery. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 6.

The body of Armond Earl was discovered July 19, 1989 after a family member reported him missing. Police found his body in his apartment nude with two stab wounds to the forehead and two to the chest area. The wounds were later found to have been made by a screwdriver.

Investigators reopened the cold case in February 2010 and eventually tied Eric Register to the murder through DNA left and saved from the crime scene. A bloody fingerprint from the scene was also recovered.

Register is charged with counts including aggravated murder, murder, two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated assault. He is scheduled to be arraigned Dec. 11.