CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge will soon decide whether or not to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed against the estranged husband of murder victim Aliza Sherman.
Attorneys for Sanford Sherman filed a brief Friday saying the case is about money that they believe was a marital asset.
Sherman’s daughter, Jennifer, filed a suit against him, in May 2014 over an alleged hidden bank account that her mother discovered during her divorce proceedings.
Jennifer Sherman claims her father created an account containing about $2 million in her mother’s name, without her knowledge.
But Sanford Sherman’s attorneys say the brief filed by the plaintiff’s attorney is “rife with speculation, innuendo, inconsistencies, and irrelevances.”
Sanford Sherman said during depositions the account was set up with his wife, Aliza’s, knowledge, and he used it to pay family expenses, which averaged $25,000 to $40,000.
Sanford Sherman’s attorneys say the bank sent statements to Aliza Sherman monthly.
But a motion filed last month states that Sanford Sherman used the assets in the account not for family purposes, but “were in part used for strippers, paramours, and to settle a defamation lawsuit that Aliza never knew about.”
The motion further states that Aliza was scared of him.
“Sanford intercepted Aliza’s mail, that Sanford became worried and agitated as the divorce progressed,” the motion reads in part.
Several of Aliza Sherman’s emails were attached to the documents filed in court.
“He will stop at nothing to hurt me, I don’t think I will ever be safe,” one email stated.
Aliza Sherman was murdered outside of her attorney’s office in March 2013, just days before her divorce case was set to go to trial. No one has been charged with her murder.
A longtime friend of Sanford Sherman also gave a deposition saying Sanford Sherman wanted his knowledge on how to commit the perfect crime.
But Sanford Sherman said in depositions he did not recall that conversation and he and his attorneys are asking a judge to dismiss the civil case, Sanford Sherman is not facing any criminal charges.
A pretrial is set for later this month.