Man pleads not guilty to new charges in death of Warren teen

Police arrested James Brooks in August after they discovered Alesha Bell's remains in his fire pit in Ashtabula County

James Brooks

ASHTABULA CO., Ohio (WYTV) – The man who police believe was involved in the death of an 18-year-old Warren woman pleaded not guilty to new charges on Monday.

In May, James Brooks was indicted on several additional charges. He now faces two counts of involuntary manslaughter, one count each of trafficking in persons, kidnapping, abduction, tampering with evidence, compelling prostitution, gross abuse of a corpse, aggravated possession of drugs and possession of cocaine, heroin and criminal tools.

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Alesha Bell

He was initially charged with tampering with evidence and gross abuse of a corpse.

Police arrested Brooks in August after they discovered Alesha Bell’s remains in his fire pit in Ashtabula County.

Investigators say he used Bell and possibly seven or eight other women as part of a human trafficking ring.

Brooks is being held on a $500,000 cash or surety bond.

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