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Indicted truck driver is a serial killer, say prosecutors

Published 14/10/2015

Robert Rembert was arrested last month at a truck stop outside Cleveland
Robert Rembert was arrested last month at a truck stop outside Cleveland

A truck driver has been indicted on multiple counts of aggravated murder over the killings of one person in 1997 and three people this year, as a county prosecutor described him as a serial killer.

Robert Rembert, who has already served time in prison following a manslaughter conviction for another killing, was arrested last month after emerging from a shower at a truck stop outside Cleveland and has since been held on a million-dollar bond, prosecutors said.

"Robert Rembert is a serial killer," Cuyahoga County prosecutor Tim McGinty said. "So far, we know he's purposefully executed five people."

Prosecutors say DNA evidence matched Rembert to the rape and strangulation deaths of Rena Mae Payne in May 1997 and Kimberly Hall this June. He also is charged in the fatal shooting of Morgan Nietzel and his cousin Jerry Rembert at a house in Cleveland on September 20, the day before he was arrested.

Prosecutors say Rembert lived in the house and shot the two men in the head. Mr Nietzel's car was found in the car park of the truck stop in Medina County.

The fifth killing was the shooting of Dadren Lewis in December 1997. Rembert pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and was sentenced in July 1998 to six years in prison.

Besides 10 counts of aggravated murder, Rembert was also indicted on charges of kidnapping, rape, aggravated robbery, grand theft and gross abuse of a corpse.

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