CLEVELAND – Nearly three years after the murder of a Cleveland Clinic nurse downtown, her divorce attorney is accused of making false statement to investigators.
Aliza Sherman, 53, was stabbed repeatedly on March 24, 2013 at East 12th Street and Hamilton Avenue. No arrests have been made in her murder, but family and friends believe Gregory Moore’s indictment is a step in the right direction.
“I believe this is the beginning of getting justice for her,” said Jan Lash.
Lash was one of Aliza’s closest friends and one of the last people to speak with her as she headed downtown that Sunday afternoon.
She says Moore had repeatedly changed the meeting time which frustrated Aliza; who wanted to switch attorneys but the divorce trial was scheduled to begin the very next day.
“So bizarre,” said Lash, “She was so unsure of her attorney at the time she had bad vibes.”
According to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty’s Office, Moore was unprepared for the trial and lied about his whereabouts during the time of her murder.
Prosecutors say he claimed to be in his office but the evidence including phone records show otherwise.
Investigators are still trying to identify Aliza’s attacker who was captured by surveillance video, but have indicted Moore on multiple felonies including Tampering with Evidence, Telecommunications Fraud, Possessing Criminal Tools, Obstructing Official Business and
Falsification, 2 counts of Forgery, 3 counts of Terroristic Threats and 6 counts of Inducing Panic.
The terrorist threat counts refer to bomb threats prosecutors say Moore made from his cell phone in unrelated cases.
Aliza’s daughter, Jen Sherman told Fox 8 that she’s is happy to movement and an indictment in connection to her mother’s murder but she’s not speculating on what Moores actions might mean to the case at this time.
She says she’d rather focus on her mothers loving legacy; something she and her siblings have worked hard to keep alive these past years by holding candlelight vigils, fundraising BBQ’s and other events.
“She was truly the most amazing, beautiful, selfless person I’ve ever known,” said Jen, “This indictment is just strengthening our commitment to see this through for her.