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TURNPIKE MURDER Evidence handed over in slain doctor case



Published: Sat, July 2, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



However as of yet, no charges have been filed against anyone.

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Evidence in the case of a Pennsylvania doctor killed on the Ohio Turnpike has been turned over to an Ohio prosecutor, but the prosecutor's office is not saying whether it will send the case to a grand jury.

No one has been charged in the May 13 death of Dr. Gulam Moonda, though his wife has retained an attorney and a man police contend was having an affair with her is in jail on drug charges.

Except for several items belonging to Moonda that were found on the Ohio Turnpike after his death, all evidence has been turned over to prosecutors, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The undisclosed items not turned over are being tested for DNA or fingerprints. They were found 12 miles east of where Moonda was killed, more than a month later.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason declined to comment.

"It wouldn't be appropriate for us to comment unless and until there is an indictment," Jamie Dalton, Mason's spokesman, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

In Ohio, cases involving potential felony charges must be presented to a county grand jury. A grand jury reviews evidence, then votes to indict if it believes charges should be pursued. An Ohio grand jury also can investigate crimes that occurred in its territory.

Murder

Moonda, 69, a urologist from Hermitage, Mercer County, was fatally shot near Cleveland. He was traveling to Toledo with his wife, Donna Moonda, 46, and her mother.

Donna Moonda told police that when she stopped so her husband could drive, another vehicle pulled behind their Jaguar and a man got out and demanded money. After the doctor gave up his wallet, the gunman shot him in the head and fled.

Allegations

Authorities allege that Donna Moonda, 46, and Damian Bradford, 23, of Center Township, Beaver County, were having an affair and that she planned to divorce her husband in hopes of obtaining up to $4 million. The doctor's will indicated she would get 20 percent of his estate -- an estimated $1.2 million -- and their home.

Donna Moonda and Bradford met in drug rehab, police said.

Bradford has been in jail since he was arrested on drug charges a week after Moonda's death. Police said they found illegal steroids while searching for evidence in the case. Bradford was charged again in June with possessing drug paraphernalia.

Neither Donna Moonda's attorney, Niki Z. Schwartz, nor Bradford's attorney, James Ecker, had heard anything from prosecutors in Ohio. They have said their clients are innocent.




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