Cleveland man accused of murdering Gloria Pointer faces possible death penalty with new indictment

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland man now faces a possible death sentence in the 1984 kidnapping, rape and murder of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer.

The Cuyahoga County Grand Jury issued a new indictment Wednesday charging Hernandez L. Warren with two counts of aggravated murder, a count of rape and three counts of kidnapping, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.

His first indictment, issued in May, did not include capital punishment specifications, making the death penalty possible.

On Dec. 6, 1984, Pointer called a classmate to walk with her to Harry E. Davis School. But at 7:30 a.m., the friend said Pointer never came and notified the principal when she got to school.

Witnesses said they saw the victim walking on Orville Avenue toward her school with a man following behind her. Then, the two disappeared near 10515 Orville Ave. Pointer’s body was found around 10:30 a.m. at the bottom of a fire escape stairwell by an apartment building custodian.

A positive DNA match linked Warren to the nearly 30-year-old crime.

Gloria's murder was the 157th homicide of 1984 in Cleveland. The department said they will investigate "all cold cases, all homicides, until arrests are made."

A look back at Warren's past in Cuyahoga County shows he's no stranger to the court system. Records note he served time in prison from 1985-2000 for rape, kidnapping and assault.

Warren pleaded not guilty May 28 and sits in jail on $5 million bond.

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