Suspect in 1984 murder of Gloria Pointer, 14, appears in court to have confession thrown out

CLEVELAND - A suppression hearing continues today for the man accused of murdering 14-year-old Gloria Pointer.

Hernandez Warren, 58, faces two counts of aggravated murder, one count of rape, four count of kidnapping, and one count of aggravated robbery. Warren's attorneys are trying to get his police confession thrown out, claiming he asked for an attorney to be present.

Monday, Cuyahoga County Prosecutors played parts of Warren's interrogation video in court.

In the tape, an investigator asks Warren if he raped Pointer. Warren says yes.

Gloria's mother Yvonne Pointer spoke with NewsChannel5 during a break in the hearing. Click the video above to watch.

On December 6, 1984, 14-year-old Gloria Pointer telephoned her schoolmate to plan walking to school together. At the time, the victim lived on East 114th Street and her friend lived on East 105th Street, both residences located in Cleveland. The phone call was made at approximately 7 a.m. by Gloria Pointer. By 7:30 a.m., the waiting friend had left for school without seeing the victim.

The principal of Harry E. Davis School had called the victim's parents after learning that the victim failed to show for class. Several witnesses had seen the victim walking on Orville Avenue toward her school with a black male following behind her. A witness had expressed at the time that they had seen a male with a brown coat and knit cap grab the victim's arm. The two disappeared near 10515 Orville Avenue. The victim's body was discovered at approximately 10:30 a.m. at the bottom of a fire escape stairwell by an apartment building custodian.

This case has been actively investigated since 1984 by Cleveland Police Homicide Detectives, FBI, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office Cold Case Unit, and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department. Hundreds of leads and thousands of man hours have been expended in a determination to find the individual responsible for this crime.

Recently, the victim's clothing resulted in a DNA profile being developed and subsequently matching Hernandez Warren.

Warren was arrested on May 13, 2013, by a Task Force which included representatives from the Cleveland Police Department, FBI, Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department, and the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office Cold Case Unit.

Gloria Pointer's mother Yvonne Pointer appeared on NewsChannel5 at Noon moments after she learned that Hernandez was facing the death penalty.

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