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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