Suspect in 1984 murder of Gloria Pointer, 14, has suppression motion denied in court Tuesday

CLEVELAND - A suppression hearing continued Tuesday 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. 
 
Today, a Cuyahoga County judge denied the motion to suppress Warren's interrogation video.
 
In the tape, an investigator asked Warren if he raped Pointer. Warren says yes.
 
According to the judges' decision, Warren never asked authorities if he needed a lawyer several times during the questioning,  but police said they could not give him advice and they skillfully avoided the issue further.
 
The judge also added that Warren never directly requested or clearly demanded an attorney.  thus, the interrogation and confession are admissible in court. The judge said Warren's previous offenses also added to the the decision to not grant the motion. 

Judge and lawyers from both sides have retired to chambers to decide the next step in this case.

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.

 

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