CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - An attorney charged with misleading investigators looking into the death of his client was expected to make his first court appearance Thursday since being indicted, but the hearing was continued. No reason was given for the continuance.
Gregory J. Moore was Aliza Sherman's divorce attorney when she was brutally murdered nearly three years ago outside his downtown Cleveland office. Sherman was stabbed 11 times March 24, 2013 in an attack on East 12th Street and Hamilton Avenue.
The Beachwood mother and her husband of 30 years were going through a messy divorce and their divorce trial was scheduled to begin the next day.
Prosecutors say Moore, who allegedly misled the victim and lied to police, was unprepared for that trial and the judge had informed him there would be no more continuances.
Last month, a 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.
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.
For Thursday's court appearance, Aliza's friends were present wearing their Aliza buttons.
"So sad to be down here. We waited a long time for this day to come and now it's here and there's a continuance. Terribly disappointing," said friend, Jan Lash.
We went to Moore's Sagamore Hills home and as we knocked two dogs barked, looking at the door and to a side room as if someone was there to answer.
No one did. An answering machine played a generic message at a number listed for Moore on his law license. Moore still holds his law license, which upset Aliza's friend Mary Feuer, "I'm furious about it. I don't understand it. I'd like somebody to explain it to me, why is he practicing law."
Sight can't be lost of the fact that Moore has not been convicted of any crime.
There is still a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of Aliza's killer.
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