CLEVELAND -- The man charged in the 1984 murder of a Cleveland teen was back in court this morning.
A judge arraigned Hernandez Warren on charges included in a superseding indictment issued last week. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
He was jailed without bond.
Hernandez now faces a possible death sentence if convicted in the kidnapping, rape and murder of Gloria Pointer who was just 14 when she died.
The new superseding indictment from the grand jury charges Warren with two counts of aggravated murder.
The aggravated murder counts now include felony murder specifications that make it possible for the death penalty to be imposed.
Gloria Pointer disappeared while walking to school on December 6, 1984. The child left her home on East 114th Street in Cleveland around 7 a.m. She planned to meet a classmate and continue on to Harry E. Davis School, where Gloria was to get an award for perfect attendance.
She never reached her friend's home. Her body was discovered around 10:30 that morning at the base of a fire escape behind an apartment building on Orville Avenue.
DNA evidence taken from the crime scene was matched this spring to Warren, who had served 15 years in prison for a 1985 felonious assault and rape. He has been in jail since he was arrested on May 13 by a task force that included representatives of the Cleveland Police Department, the FBI, the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office and the Cold Case Unit of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office.
Warren was first indicted on May 22 and entered a plea of not guilty on May 28. But after the case was examined by this office's Capital Review Committee, McGinty elected to seek a new indictment with capital punishment specifications.