Newton Falls murder suspect appears in court

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Accused murderer Claudia Hoerig was back in a Trumbull County courtroom on Thursday for another pre-trial.

The court has yet to rule on the state’s and defense’s proposed findings of fact and conclusions of law stemming from a two-day suppression hearing in May.

Hoerig’s lawyers wanted some evidence, including evidence seized during a search warrant and alleged statements she made to investigators, excluded from her trial.

The court is allowing the defense to obtain an expert witness but says they need to tell prosecutors by mid-July whether or not that witness will testify.

In addition to working on retrieving evidence from computers, the state says Dr. Joseph Felo, the chief deputy of the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, will be a substitute witness during the trial in place of the late Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk.

Hoerig is suspected of killing her husband, Karl, in their home in Newton Falls in 2007 before fleeing to Brazil.

She’s facing aggravated murder with firearm specification charges.

Her next pre-trial hearing is set for August 9. Her trial is set to begin on September 17. 

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