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Accused serial killer indicted in 4 murders since 1997

Robert Rembert Jr. (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office) Robert Rembert Jr. (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The Grand Jury indicted Robert G. Rembert Jr. Tuesday for the aggravated murders of four people, three this year and one in 1997.

Rembert is charged with killing Rena Mae Payne in May 1997, Kimberley D. Hall in June 2015, and Jerry Rembert and Morgan Nietzel in September 2015.

The indictment includes 10 counts of aggravated murder, six counts of kidnapping, four counts of rape, two counts of aggravated robbery and one count each of having weapons under disability, grand theft and gross abuse of a corpse.

Rembert, 45, was convicted of voluntary manslaughter for the Dec. 23, 1997, slaying of Dadren Lewis in a Cleveland parking lot.

He was sentenced to six years in prison.

He was arrested Sept. 21 by sheriff’s deputies in Medina County on a warrant for the murder of Hall and is being held on a $1 million bond.

"Robert Rembert is a serial killer. So far, we know he’s purposefully executed five people," said Prosecutor Timothy McGinty. "An investigation of his activities as an over-the-road truck driver is currently underway."

The Victims: 

Rena May Payne was a 47-year-old Cleveland woman whose strangled and beaten body was found on May 15, 1997. She was discovered by an RTA bus driver in an employee restroom at a bus turnaround at East 83rd Street and Central Avenue.

DNA evidence recovered from the victim’s body was matched to Rembert, who had been an RTA driver at the time of the murder and would have had the code to the locked restroom.

On June 10 of this year, the body of Kimberley D. Hall, 31, of Cleveland, was found near an open field at East 83rd Street and Gill Avenue by two passing workers. Hall had been strangled, beaten and raped in a similar fashion.

As with the first victim, DNA found on her body was also traced to Rembert through the Combined DNA Indexing System (CODIS) database.

The last calls made and received on Hall’s cell phone were to Rembert.

On Sept. 20, Morgan Nietzel, 26, and Jerry Rembert, 52, were found dead with gunshot wounds to their heads in their home on East 140th Street.

Robert Rembert had been living in the house with the two victims. Jerry Rembert was his cousin.

Ms. Nietzel’s vehicle was missing from the house. The following day, Robert Rembert was arrested coming from the showers at a Pilot Flying J truck stop near Seville in Medina County.

He had been driving Morgan Nietzel’s red Saturn Vue.

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