Ohio Man on Trial for 2009 Murder of Teenage Girl

Robert L. Moore, 53, is on trial for the alleged 2009 murder of Glenna J. White, 16, whose body was never found. Prosecutors rely on witness testimony and Moore's prior conviction, but the defense argues lack of physical evidence.

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Ohio Man on Trial for 2009 Murder of Teenage Girl

Ohio Man on Trial for 2009 Murder of Teenage Girl

Robert L. Moore, 53, of Alliance, Ohio, is currently on trial for the alleged murder of Glenna J. White, 16, who disappeared on June 2, 2009, after Moore drove her from a home in Smith Township, Mahoning County.

Prosecutors are presenting evidence of Moore's prior conviction for a similar crime in 1993 and highlighting inconsistencies in statements made by a key witness who has faced legal troubles.

The trial is anticipated to continue into the middle of next week due to the number of witnesses scheduled to testify. The defense attorney argues that the prosecution lacks evidence of Glenna's cause of death, place of death, and manner of death, as her body was never found.

Prosecutors are drawing parallels to Moore's 1993 conviction, where he killed a woman after driving her home. They also rely heavily on testimony from Erica Teis, a key witness who has provided much of the evidence against Moore. However, Teis has had her own legal issues and has given inconsistent statements throughout the investigation.

While Glenna's body has not been recovered, prosecutors presented evidence that Moore returned home covered in blood and mud on the night of her disappearance. Elizabeth White, Glenna's mother, testified about her daughter's mental health struggles and troubled upbringing.

Why this matters: The trial highlights the challenges faced by prosecutors in cases where a victim's body is not found. It also underscores the importance of witness credibility and the impact of a defendant's prior criminal history on court proceedings.

As the trial continues, jurors will have to weigh the circumstantial evidence presented by prosecutors against the defense's argument that there is insufficient physical evidence to prove Moore's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. Elizabeth White's testimony aimed to provide context about Glenna's life, while the defense will likely scrutinize the reliability of key witness Erica Teis, given her inconsistent statements and personal legal troubles.

Key Takeaways

  • Robert L. Moore, 53, on trial for 2009 murder of Glenna J. White, 16.
  • Prosecutors cite Moore's 1993 conviction for similar crime, witness inconsistencies.
  • Glenna's body never found, defense argues lack of evidence for cause/manner of death.
  • Witness Erica Teis has legal troubles, provided key evidence against Moore.
  • Trial highlights challenges of prosecuting cases without a recovered victim's body.