Gregory J. Moore made another court appearance, albeit a brief one, for charges related to Beachwood nurse Aliza Sherman’s murder investigation.
Moore, joined by defense attorneys James J. McDonnell and Kevin Spellacy, appeared March 9 in front of Judge John. D. Sutula at the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court in downtown Cleveland.
The matter at hand was correcting the degree of felony attached to various charges Moore faces, some of which were listed incorrectly when Moore was indicted by a grand jury Jan. 28 on 16 charges in connection to both to the murder investigation and a series of 2012 bomb threats made to area courthouses.
“I can indicate to you we’ve executed a waiver of indictment,” Spellacy said to Sutula, presenting him with a court document. “Apparently, the information is just a correction of some errors in the most recent indictment. We agreed with the information in lieu of making them take this back to the grand jury.”
Joseph F. Frolik, director of communications and public policy for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, explained that counts 11, 12 and 13 in the indictment – all for inducing panic related to a July 10, 2012 bomb threat Moore is charged with making – were inadvertently mislabeled as fifth-degree felonies in drafting the indictment. All three counts should’ve been listed as fourth-degree felonies, he said.
A plea of not guilty was again entered. Following a brief exchange between Sutula and Moore in which the judge made sure the defendant understood the implications of waiving the case going back to a grand jury, and Moore stating that he did, the session ended.
Moore is due to be back in Sutula’s courtroom for another pretrial hearing at noon March 16, at which time it’s expected additional future court dates will be set.
Moore, a 42-year-old Sagamore Hills resident who was Sherman’s divorce attorney at the time of her March 24, 2013 stabbing death, is the first person charged in connection to the case.