Christopher Whitaker Sentenced to Death in Murder of 14-Year-Old Alianna DeFreeze

Christoper Whitaker, 45, has been convicted of the murder of Alianna DeFreeze. He was convicted of 10 counts, including aggravated murder, rape, and kidnapping in the death of the 14-year-old girl and has been sentenced to death on Monday morning.

The death penalty was recommended by a Cuyahoga County jury. Judge Carolyn Friedland maintained that sentence on Monday.

“He snatched a branch off our family tree and our lives will never be the same,” said Wytonya DeFreeze, the victim’s stepmother. (

“I don’t believe he’ll have any remorse until he suffers like my daughter suffered,” said Donnesha Cooper, Alianna’s mother. (

Alianna was most recently seen on Jan. 26, 2017 getting off of an RTA bus at East 93rd Street and Kinsman Avenue in Cleveland. Her mom reported to the police about her missing when she learned Alianna didn’t make it to class.

Police searched yards and empty homes in the region. Three days after her disappearance, they discovered her body in a relinquished house on Fuller Avenue.

Whitaker, a registered sex offender, was identified through DNA.


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