CLEVELAND – A man sitting on death row for the murder of a Cleveland police officer is starting the legal process all over again as the defendant in another case.
Quisi Bryan, 42, was indicted after DNA linked him to a cold rape case.
On Wednesday morning he pleaded not guilty and bond was set at $250,000. He must also be tested for HIV.
Bryan is accused of attacking a 49-year-old woman who was walking along East 93rd Street then raping her inside an abandoned car behind an abandoned house. That was in 1994.
This is the fifth cold rape case he has been linked to since he has been in prison.
Bryan was convicted of the 2000 murder of Cleveland police officer Wayne Leon. Prosecutors think that crime may have been intended to cover up Bryan’s past.
“If he had been caught, perhaps he would have been linked up to those rapes. So we know this may have been one of the reasons why he chose to pull his gun,” explained Rick Bell with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Cold Case Unit.
(Fox 8’s Emily Valdez contributed to this report.)