Man charged with corpse abuse in Slavic Village overdose case in May

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man was formally charged Friday with abusing the body of a woman who died of an overdose in Slavic Village in May, prosecutors say.

Kenneth Banville, 33, of Cleveland has been charged with abusing a corpse and tampering with evidence. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John Russo set his bond at $25,000 during an arraignment Friday morning. and The Plain Dealer contacted Daryl Dennie, an attorney representing Banville.

Cleveland City Court records show Banville is charged with moving the deceased body of Anastasia Hamilton, 25, from Medina from an apartment in the 1100 block of Euclid Avenue.

Banville took Hamilton’s body to an abandoned house in the 3600 block of East 54th Street, court records show. His body was found on May 25. Nearby residents told reporters the area was plagued with drugs and abandoned homes.

On May 21, Hamilton was seen in the Terminal Tower parking lot walking with a man. She was reported missing two days later.

Hamilton’s cause of death was accidental and was caused by “acute poisoning from the combined effects of fentanyl, fluorofentanyl and gabapentin,” according to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office. Gabapentin is used to treat seizures.

Banville has a long history of drug offenses in the Court of Common Pleas. Last year, he was charged with 15 drug-related charges involving fentanyl. This case is pending.