Cuyahoga County

The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office making swift changes in how it handles felony domestic violence cases; asks for cooperation from others

9/25/2014 3:00:00 PM

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office is promising more than a half-dozen changes to how it handles felony domestic violence cases, with the aim of improving safety for victims.

The effort comes on the heels of the murder of Malorie Ferrell, a Cleveland mother who authorities say was shot and killed by her former boyfriend, Alberto Medina.

Medina was free on a $5,000 bond after being charged with sneaking up on Ferrell as she slept, and beating her with a rubber mallet.

He is now charged in her murder. He pleaded not guilty Wednesday to the domestic violence and murder charges.

Ferrell was the first of three women who had left abusive relationships, killed in a one-week span, according to authorities.

Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty, who last week met with other criminal justice officials, will ask local police departments and courts to help his office get felony domestic violence cases indicted more swiftly -- within 24 hours -- in the hopes of shrinking the window of vulnerability for victims.

"We're working to figure out how to get better information sooner," said Joe Frolik, spokesman for McGinty's office.

McGinty has also "instructed prosecutors to be assertive with regard to bonds at bind-overs and initial appearances."

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