Clinton pleads not guilty to murder, rape charges

(Updated with video) An accused serial killer and rapist pleaded not guilty to all nine charges filed against him in Erie County Common Pleas Court on Thursday morning.
Jessica Cuffman
Sep 27, 2012

Curtis Clinton, 41, appeared for a brief arraignment hearing before Judge Tygh Tone, represented by court-appointed Cleveland attorney Robert Dixon.

Clinton waived the reading of his indictment, which includes three counts of rape, one count of aggravated burglary and five counts of aggravated murder.

The indictment also includes more than a dozen other specifications, including multiple counts of the death penalty.

Clinton is accused of strangling to death 23-year-old Heather Jackson and her two children, Celina, 3, and Wayne, 20 months, on Sept. 8. He also is accused of sexually assaulting Celina in the course of committing the murders in Jackson’s John Street home.

The other two rape charges in the indictment stem from a Sept. 2 allegation that he sexually assaulted a 17-year-old girl in his Campbell Street apartment.

In court Thursday, 14 of Jackson’s family members and friends wore purple and pink ribbons in her memory, some donning T-shirts with an angelic depiction of Jackson and her children and the words “Heaven couldn’t wait.”

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Cityslicker

Well, well, well!. The same attorney that Randleman had. This guy has to love Erie County.

deertracker

I though that was the same guy. This time he is dealing with someone that knows how to work the system. I hope the city has all its' ducks in a row. This will be interesting!

sandtown born a...

Attorneys must not have a heart. How could you sleep at night defending the scum off the botton of a porta potty? Curtis will get his believe that

A Mazed

Why was he allowed to get dressed in street clothes, typical, couldn't even pull his pants up. He's already a convicted felon, why try to impress now...scum is scum any way you dress it!!

deertracker

I am not sure but I don't think they allow belts in jail for his safety and the threat of suicide. I could be wrong about that but the fact that he is wearing regular clothes at this arraignment tells you this guy is not going to go quietly into the night!

Unassumer

He can plead whatever he wants. I'm sure the evidence will prove him guilty.

KURTje

Could we say what we want about this air waster? Nobody likes you.

PerkinsFootballMom

Doesn't Firelands hospital have cameras that point in that direction? Could at least see who has come and gone that awful night!

Julie R.

Looks like an instant replay of the Randleman case. Same attorney and everything. So why is he dressed in street clothes? First time I've ever seen anything like that. One can also tell just by looking at him he has no remorse whatsoever. I also agree --- this ex-con knows how to work the system. The good thing about it --- no low I.Q. bullcrap this time around. This evil monster's days are numbered.

mrjsiah

Are you kidding me. After what he did to the babies he has the N*** to plead not guilty.

SamAdams

If I recall correctly, there aren't that many defense attorneys in Ohio who are certified to defend in death penalty cases. The Randleman case had a death penalty potential just like this one does. It's no real surprise that the same attorney (who is now free to take other cases since the Randleman murder case was resolved) would be asked to take this one on.

To those who wonder if such defense attorneys have a heart: I don't know. I'm sure some are nice guys and some are not. The one thing I can assure you, though, is that such defense attorneys have an unassailable sense of honor toward the law. They swore to defend the Constitution and the law, and even under circumstances that might make you or me balk, they're doing it. In most cases, not only are they GOOD men and women; they're better (and braver) than most of the rest of us!

RedApple

Wow, I can only imagine what was going on in Mr. Fee's (Heather's brother) head; He never took his eyes off Mr. Curtis at all!

starryeyes83

Typical, is this a surprise?

"I didn't do nuthing wrong " mentality.

West

Wow! It's obvious that this case will be extremely difficult to try, due to the fact the police failed to secure the crime scene properly. Moreover, it's now clear that Erie County is in need of a new prosecutor.

So, Buffy, please tell the public why it was necessary to enjoin the unrelated rape charge of the juvenile, along with the murder charges of the Jackson family, within the same indictment.

Well, I'm here to tell you, it's not going to work! So, look forward to Mr. Dixon filing a motion to severe the charges within the indictment.

FYI, you need to get out of the game because you've already shown your hand, Buff.

Tru Grit

He will get his when he goes to prison, they all do. The lawyers defending him is getting great publicity and most likely a pretty penny, that's why heis doing it.

Lesson of the day, think more carefully if you put yourself in harms way, you will get harmed.

gene44870

The lawyers are defending the rights of the accused unlike the accused looking out for the rights of the mother and two defenseless children , and not to mention the ones that re raped
When he is convicted and we all know he will be , one could only ask that the victims brother should be permitted to carry out the death penalty and not the state