CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Nearly three years after the death of Aliza Sherman, her divorce attorney, Gregory Moore, has been indicted on charges he tampered with evidence, misled the victim and lied to police.
"I am thrilled there is some movement in the case. This is the beginning of Aliza possibly getting justice," said Jan Lash, Aliza best friend.
On March 24, 2013, Sherman was stabbed 11 times in an attack outside of Moore's office building near the intersection of East 12th Street and Hamilton Avenue.
The Beachwood mother had an appointment to meet with Moore that afternoon. She and her husband of 30 years were going through an extremely messy and drawn-out divorce and her divorce trial was scheduled to begin the next day. According to the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office, Moore was unprepared for that trial and the judge had informed him there would be no more continuances.
While headed to his office at 5:25 p.m., Sherman was stabbed outside 75 Erieview Plaza.
Police investigation revealed that on the day Sherman was killed, Moore sent text messages to her cell phone right before to and after her murder. Those messages indicated that he was in his office, but phone records analysis, electronic keycard records and witness statements show he was not in the building. Mr. Moore then made false statements to Cleveland Police homicide detectives when questioned about his whereabouts.
When the crime happened, police had no witnesses and nothing to go on until about a month later.
On April 22, 2013 Cleveland police investigators released a grainy video that showed an individual in the area East 13th Street and Hamilton Avenue after the crime occurred. The video shows someone running away from where Sherman was stabbed. The shadowy figure remains a person of interest in this case.
On Thursday, the grand jury indicted Moore on one count each of tampering with evidence, telecommunications fraud, possessing criminal tools, obstructing official business and falsification, two counts of forgery, three counts of terroristic threats and six counts of inducing panic.
Sherman's family's faith has kept them strong. Lash says she talked to her best friend every day sometimes several times a day. And on the day Sherman was brutally murdered they talked. And just minutes before she was killed the two shared a text.
"Thanks for our talk. Love you and of course I always say I love you back," Lash shared.
The terroristic threats counts refer to bomb threats Moore made from his cell phone in January, May and July of 2012 against courthouses in Geauga, Lake and Cuyahoga counties. On the day of each of the bomb threats, Moore was scheduled to begin a trial.
"Ms. Sherman's family and the community should rest assured that this case has never gone cold and that an aggressive investigation into her murder continues," said Prosecutor McGinty. "We believe that this indictment and the evidence behind it take us one step closer to bringing her killer to justice. The work of the Cleveland Police and other investigative agencies has been relentless."
There is still a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Aliza's killer.
"I think there's going to be a lot going on. I had confidence in the police department and I believe this is just the beginning. There's a lot more that will come about," Lash added.
Since Aliza's death, her daughter Jennifer and the group Justice for Aliza Sherman raised money to erect a bench in the Cleveland Metroparks at South Chagrin Reservation in her honor. Her family hopes the permanent reminder will help keep Aliza's memory alive.
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