Investigators detail Claudia Hoerig murder confessions


WARREN — Claudia Hoerig was planning to commit suicide, but admitted she shot and killed her husband Karl in their Newton Falls home in 2007 and claimed he told her to take her life in the cellar so she wouldn’t bloody an upstairs floor.

Her attorneys from the Ohio Public Defenders Office today went before Judge Andrew Logan of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court seeking to suppress that statement and the other considerable evidence the prosecution has in comments Claudia Hoerig made after her arrest. She is charged with aggravated murder.

Karl Hoerig, 43, an airline pilot and an Air Force major, was found dead in the couple’s West Ninth Street home in March 2007. By then, Hoerig, now 53, had fled to her native Brazil where she lived until her extradition to the United States last January.

Recently retired FBI Special Agent Anthony Sano, on the plane which brought the woman back from Brazil, said the woman’s admissions "came out of nowhere."

“I’ve got a story to tell, ’” Sano and other witnesses quoted her as saying before she said she shot her husband three times in the back.

Sano said there was no attempt to interrogate her and no questions were asked about the killing during the flight.

Testimony continues Friday.

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