Behind Bars: Big Bond for Career Criminal Accused in Murder of Cleveland Mother

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UPDATE: CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A career criminal accused of murdering a Cleveland woman and then dumping her body along I-90 went before a judge Wednesday morning.

30-year-old Stephon Davis is charged with aggravated murder. He pleaded not guilty.

The naked, bloodied and beaten body of 28-year-old Angel Bradley-Crockett was discovered on the side of I-90 last week.

According to the Cuyahoga County Coroner, the mother of three had been strangled and beaten.

Prosecutors say Davis is tied to the murder, and told the judge that Davis was in possession of a van that had Bradley-Crockett's blood in it.

Davis' bond was set at $2M dollars. His lawyer told the judge that her client was a single father, self-employed carpenter and student at CSU in an effort to get Davis a lower bond. The judge, however, said Davis' criminal past is hard to overlook.

Davis has spent a considerable amount of time in county and federal courthouses and prison.

In 2001, he pleaded guilty to cocaine trafficking. In 2002, he pleaded guilty to drug trafficking. Davis is back again later the same year and again pleads guilty to drug trafficking.

But the Cleveland man never went to prison. All three times he was placed on probation. While he was on probation, police staked out his apartment building on West Boulevard and when he left the building, police followed and busted him with seven grams of cocaine in his car. A search of his apartment produced an additional 38 grams of coke and loaded .38 gun.

Davis was sentenced to four years and two months in federal prison. He wasn't out long before he was accused of a drug-related probation violation.

He could have been locked up, but instead, a hearing was set for May 10th.

Davis's sister tells 19 Action News her brother is being blamed for Bradley-Crockett's death because of his past and a crime he committed back in 1994 when he was just a teen.

Stephon spent seven years in prison for killing his aunt's boyfriend, a man Jennifer says was abusive to the aunt and her children. She claims Stephon was just trying to protect his family.

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