Cleveland: Aliza Sherman's estranged husband hires prominent defense lawyer

7:58 PM, May 24, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The estranged husband of murder victim Aliza Sherman has hired prominent criminal defense lawyer Niki Schwartz.

Schwartz is a highly regarded mediator and prominent defense counsel.

Schwartz confirmed to Channel 3 News he is representing Dr. Sanford Sherman but declined to discuss why he'd been retained or whether he expects developments in the case.

Aliza Sherman was stabbed to death March 24 near the Galleria at Erieview in downtown Cleveland.

Friday marks two-months since Sherman was murdered. 

Her purse was not taken so robbery did not seem to be a motive.

Sherman and her husband were to have been in court March 26 for a contested divorce trial. He is a retired opthamologist.

She was meeting with her divorce lawyer immediately prior to her murder. In fact, she was killed outside his office.

Police have released a video of a "person of interest." The identity and face are concealed as the person flees the scene of the crime.

Police will not disclose whether they have questioned or sought to question Dr. Sherman and have not called him a suspect or a person of interest.

No other suspects have been identified.

On Thursday, May 30 at noon, there will be a "Justice for Aliza" rally outside the Justice Center to continue to keep the unsolved crime in the spotlight and ensure justice for Aliza, her family and loved ones.

A Crime Stoppers reward of up to $25,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of Aliza's killer.

One of Schwartz's most notable achievements was playing a significant role in negotiating the end of the 1993 Lucasville prison riot.

As of Friday Cleveland Police say there are no new developments in the case.


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