Cuyahoga County

Meet the Cold Case Team

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the Cold Case Unit


Brett Kyker, Cold Case Unit Supervisor

Brett Kyker is an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Special Investigation Division of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. Since joining the Office in June 2004, he has worked in several units, including the Children and Family Services Unit, the Juvenile Justice Unit, and the General Felony Unit. In August 2010, APA Kyker joined the Major Trial Unit, where he was assigned to the Elder Protection Section and also worked with the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force. As part of his work with the FBI Violent Crimes Task Force, he was sworn in as a Special Assistant United States Attorney and participated in prosecutions in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. In April 2011, APA Kyker joined the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit. Approximately one year later, he was named Director of the Ohio Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, a statewide task force committed to combatting the online exploitation of children. He served in this role for approximately 2.5 years before being appointed to lead the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force. He is a graduate of John Carroll University and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.



Oscar E. Albores Jr., Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Oscar E. Albores Jr. is a proud member of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. He joined the office in August 2007, as a prosecutor in the Domestic Relations, Child Support Unit. He received his J.D. from The Ohio State University in 2002, and has a B.S. in Psychology from John Carroll University in 1999. He is fluent in Spanish, and prior to joining the office he worked at a private law firm practicing real estate law.

Edward Fadel, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Edward Fadel is a lifelong Clevelander. He joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in February 2010, after receiving his J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He has also earned his B.A. in Economics from Denison University. Prior to beginning his career as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney, Edward was a law clerk in the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. He also coaches the Mayfield High School Mock Trial team. Recently he prosecuted State v. Johnnie Harris, along with APA Ryan Bokoch, and secured convictions on 19 commercial robberies occurring throughout Cuyahoga County.

Marcus Henry, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

In 2009, Marcus Henry was appointed to the office as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney. From 2009 until 2010, Marcus prosecuted both child support and juvenile delinquency cases. From 2010 until April 2015, Marcus was a member of the General Felony Unit and prosecuted violent-crime, economical, and narcotics cases.

In April 2015, Marcus was promoted to the Major Trial Unit where he prosecutes sexual assault cases involving both adult and child victims. Marcus has also prosecuted cases involving Human Trafficking and Child Pornography. In October 2015, Marcus was assigned to the Sexual Assault Kit Task Force within the Cold Case Unit.

Marcus has a B.S. from the Clarion University of Pennsylvania, a J.D. from the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and was the Business Editor for the Cleveland State Law Review.


Max Martin, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Max Martin joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office as a law clerk in 2006. Max was hired as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in 2007, and spent several years prosecuting serious felony cases before being appointed to the Cold Case Unit in September 2013. There, Max prosecuted violent and sometimes serial rapists as a member of the Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force, a multi-agency team investigating and prosecuting cases arising from the DNA testing of backlogged rape kits that were up to 20 years old. In 2015, he moved to the Office’s Major Trial Unit, which prosecutes homicides and sex offenses. Max is now working with the CODIS Unit.

During the spring and summer of 2013, Max worked tirelessly as a member of the trial team responsible for the prosecution of Ariel Castro. The team’s efforts to achieve justice for the three young women Castro held captive for more than a decade resulted in a conviction and a sentence of life in prison plus a thousand years.

Max has spent his legal career in government service, and is dedicated to achieving real, permanent and positive effect on Cuyahoga County. For several years as a General Felony Unit prosecutor, Max attended monthly outreach meetings with interested citizens in East Cleveland to listen to their concerns and to keep them informed on cases of community interest. Max graduated from Ohio University in 2002, and earned his J.D. from the University of Akron in 2007.


Melissa Riley, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Melissa Riley joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in 2008, after receiving her J.D. from the Drake University School of Law. She has also earned a B.A. in Criminal Justice from George Washington University. She is currently assigned to the Cold Case Unit/Sexual Assault Kit Task Force after being a member of the General Felony Unit. Prior to working for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, Melissa worked for the Medina County Prosecutor’s Office in the civil division

Denise Salerno, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Denise Salerno has been working at the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office since 2008.  She is currently assigned to the Cold Case Unit/Sexual Assault Kit Task Force.  She devotes her time to the pursuit of justice. 

Mary C. Weston, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney

Mary C. Weston joined the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office in 2006, after receiving her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Case Western Reserve University. In October 2013, Mary was promoted to the Cold Case Unit/Sexual Assault Kit Task Force, where she focuses on investigating and prosecuting sexual assault cases.


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