Cuyahoga County

Grand Jury Indicts Two for Death of Miriam Johnson


Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael C. O’Malley announced that Yaphet Bradley was indicted for the murder of Miriam Johnson and Calvin Young was indicted for concealing her body at an abandoned home.

Johnson, 31, was last seen by her mother on February 25, 2018. She had not been heard from since she called off work on February 26. Her mother reported her missing to authorities on March 6.

Yaphet Bradley, 35, is the father of three of Johnson’s four children. He was known to be abusive toward Johnson and has a record of domestic violence charges against her.

Johnson’s body was found on March 22 inside an abandoned home in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood. She had been shot, stabbed, and put in a garbage can.

“It is very sad that four children are without a mother due to these barbaric actions,” said Prosecutor O’Malley. “We will fight for Miriam on behalf of her family.”

Bradley was indicted on 15 charges including Aggravated Murder, Kidnapping, Murder, Felonious Assault, Domestic Violence, Gross Abuse of a Corpse, and Tampering with Evidence.

Calvin Young, 24, helped Bradley dispose of Johnson’s body. He has been indicted on eight charges including Aggravated Burglary, Gross Abuse of a Corpse, Obstructing Justice, and Tampering with Evidence.

Read the full indictment here.

Arraignment is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. on April 26, 2018.