Indictment Says Shaker Hts. Strangulation Victim Was Raped

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The man arrested in connection with the strangulation death of a Shaker Heights woman in early May was indicted on Thursday morning on 14 counts related to the crime.

Fox 8 News obtained a copy of the indictment filed against William D. Hammons, 20, of Maple Heights, that spells out the 14 counts, including the most serious charge of aggravated murder.

Prosecutors say Hammonds is the man who murdered Sharon Anderson-Norfus on May 4, 2012.

The body of Anderson-Norfus, 60, was discovered inside her apartment on Warrensville Center Road in Shaker Heights the day after the murder, according to Shaker Heights Police Chief D. Scott Lee.

The indictment includes a felony charge of rape, which had not been previously disclosed by authorities.

The 20-year-old was released from the Lorain Correctional Facility last year after spending 12 months in prison on a charge of attempted robbery. Lee said he also had a criminal past as a juvenile.

Hammons was arrested on May 27th near the scene of the crime after police learned he was in possession of a gun, in violation of his parole.

Hammons remains in the custody of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office.

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