Call for change in court system after woman's murder - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Call for change in court system after woman's murder

Alberto Medina (Source: Cleveland Division of Police) Alberto Medina (Source: Cleveland Division of Police)
Malorie Ferrell (Source: Family) Malorie Ferrell (Source: Family)

New fallout from a 19 Action News investigation showing how a suspected killer had slipped through the cracks of the court system.

Alberto Medina has now been charged with murder by Cleveland Police for the shooting death of his ex-lover, Malorie Ferrell.

We found the Cuyahoga County court didn't do enough to keep track of Medina. Just weeks ago, he got hit with charges for beating his ex. As part of his bond to get out of jail, he had to check in with the court. Records show he didn't do that, and he failed a drug test. But no arrest warrant was taken out until six days later -- the morning after police believe Medina shot and killed the woman he had beaten.

The court confirms the worker overseeing Medina's bond was on vacation. No one watched over her cases.

Judge Nancy Russo says it's time to fix that system.

"It's inexcusable. It's absolutely inexcusable," Russo said. "What business operates without somebody picking up the work when someone's on vacation?"

Meantime, Chief Judge John Russo issued a statement saying "Our hearts go out to everyone affected...We are reviewing current policies and procedures."

Records show Medina also has a domestic violence conviction, and he's been investigated for more violence, too.

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