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Cleveland man pleads guilty to aggravated murder of woman; trial of co-defendant starts Monday

22-year-old Curtis Gatheright pleaded guilty to aggravated murder, robbery, and assault in the October 2020 death of Shalaymiah Moore.

CLEVELAND — Editor's Note: The above video is from a previously published and unrelated story

A Cleveland man has pleaded guilty to murdering an East Cleveland woman last year.

22-year-old Curtis Gatheright pleaded guilty to the following charges. His sentencing will come at a later date.

  • One count of Aggravated Murder
  • One count of Aggravated Robbery
  • One count of Felonious Assault

Prosecutors say on October 2, 2020, Gatheright and co-defendant Daylonta Jones, 21, spotted the victim, 34-year-old Shalaymiah Moore, sitting in her vehicle with a male friend near East 204th Street and Lake Shore Boulevard in Euclid. 

Gatheright and Jones exited their vehicle and approached Moore's car in an attempt to rob her and her friend. When she tried to drive away, shots were fired, and Moore was struck once in the back as she crashed into a parked truck nearby. Gatheright and Jones returned to their vehicle and drove off. Moore was taken to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Euclid Police conducted an investigation that linked Gatheright and Jones to the crime. Gatheright was arrested on October 5 and Jones was arrested the day after. 

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Jones faces multiple charges that include Aggravated Murder, Murder, Aggravated Robbery, and Felonious Assault. His trial is set to begin on Monday at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.

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