Court video sheds new light on deadly domestic violence case - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Court video sheds new light on deadly domestic violence case

Video of Alberto Medina's first court appearance. (Source: Cleveland Municipal Court) Video of Alberto Medina's first court appearance. (Source: Cleveland Municipal Court)
Alberto Medina (Source: Cleveland Police) Alberto Medina (Source: Cleveland Police)
Victim Malorie Ferrell (Source: Family) Victim Malorie Ferrell (Source: Family)

19 Action News has obtained video from Cleveland Municipal Court that helps show what happened when a domestic violence suspect got out of jail before police say he killed his ex.

Alberto Medina is now facing charges for the murder of Malorie Ferrell, the mother of his children. But weeks earlier, he had been charged with beating her with a hammer as she slept.

Video shows his first court appearance for the beating, a hearing to set bond to get out of jail. But the tape shows no open discussion of the seriousness of the crime.

It shows a brief mention of an old domestic violence conviction for Medina, and you hear questions, apparently asked by a defense attorney, about things like Medina's job history.

In the end, bond set at $5,000 by Judge Michelle Early, who also told Medina to have no contact with his ex.

The court file also had a motion for a protection order, but no ruling.

The tape shows some discussion about the victim not being there, but it's unclear if she chose not to go or she could not go, due to injuries.

A county judge could have changed that bond, but he didn't.

A 19 Action News investigation also found the county court failed to keep track of Medina when he didn't check in, which is leading to policy changes.

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