Cuyahoga County

Judge allows prosecutors to use Hernandez Warren's confession at trial in death of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer


Cleveland – A judge ruled Tuesday that Hernandez Warren’s confession in the slaying of 14-year-old Gloria Pointer can be used at his trial.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge David Matia said in court that Warren failed to state clearly that he wanted to talk with an attorney during more than 11 hours of interviews last year.

Matia said he reviewed more than 600 pages of interview transcripts, and he said at no point did Warren say he wanted an attorney. Matia pointed out that Warren asked authorities during the interview whether he needed a lawyer. But police officers cannot give legal advice.

At one point in the interview, Warren made a vague reference to wanting to make a phone call. But because he failed to specify whom he wanted to call, the officers continued on with the interview.

“The victim in this case has been awaiting justice for 30 years. We’re now one step closer,” said Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty.

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