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Anthony Kennedy turns himself in for death of missing Cleveland woman Adrianna Taylor

CBS Pittsburgh
CBS Pittsburgh
 2022-11-30

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Anthony Kennedy turns himself in for death of missing Cleveland woman Adrianna Taylor 02:18

WILKINSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) - A man wanted for aggravated murder after a missing Cleveland woman was found buried in the backyard of a home in Wilkinsburg surrendered to police on Wednesday.

Cleveland police said Adrianna Taylor , who had been living with Anthony Kennedy, was reported missing on Nov. 13. Her family told police they hadn't heard from her since early October.

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On Thanksgiving night, her body was discovered buried in the backyard of a home on Hill Avenue in Wilkinsburg. The medical examiner said the 23-year-old woman died from a gunshot wound to the head and rule her death a homicide.

Surveillance video captured police activity the night Taylor's body was found. Investigators can be seen arriving at the Hill Avenue home around 8:45 p.m. before leaving more than two hours later. During that timeframe, law enforcement can be seen going in and out and around the house collecting evidence.

Kennedy was also recently seen in the backyard of the Wilkinsburg home, according to the arrest warrant.

Sources tell KDKA-TV's Jennifer Borrasso they believe Kennedy executed his girlfriend in Ohio then drove her body to where his sister lives or used to live in Wilkinsburg. Sources said her body was found in a tote bag which was placed inside a bigger construction bag, both of which were found under wet and dry concrete.

Kennedy's defense attorney Blaine Jones said the FBI told him there was a nationwide manhunt for his client.

"It's always dangerous when you have a warrant, let alone a national manhunt for an arrest warrant like this. It was Mr. Kennedy's desire to turn himself in ASAP," Jones said. "He did not want any type of harm to come to him or his family and quite frankly, he wanted to face the charges."

Kennedy didn't say anything to reporters as he turned himself in.

U.S. Marshals have Kennedy in custody before he returns to Ohio.

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