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Hearing underway to determine if suspected child killer's confession is valid

Hernandez Warren in court on Monday Hernandez Warren in court on Monday
Gloria Pointer Gloria Pointer

A hearing is now underway to determine if a confession given by a suspected child killer should be thrown out.

Hernandez Warren is facing death for the cold case rape and murder of Cleveland girl Gloria Pointer.

Warren's lawyers are arguing that he should have had an attorney present while he was questioned over two days last spring. Investigators say Warren was told his rights repeatedly.

Pointer, 14, was raped and murdered on the east side on her way to school in December of 1984. She was found dead in the stairwell of an apartment building.

Warren was finally tied to the case by DNA collected. He was already a convicted rapist.

Records show Warren was questioned over two days last spring and that he said, "I raped her and killed her. I beat her with that pipe."

Also, that he didn't want the victim to leave the crime scene. Warren's lawyers are now saying the confession was forced.

But the confession was videotaped and a transcript shows Warren told police, "I knew I had the right to say, "Let me get a lawyer first.'"

The ending comment of his confession was, "Y'all did y'all job. Just glad this is almost over with."
 
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