Officers testified Hoerig knew her rights when confessing


Law enforcement officers testified Claudia Hoerig understood her constitutional rights before admitting she fatally shot her husband, Karl, in the couple’s Newton Falls home in March 2007.

Friday’s testimony wrapped up two days of hearings before Judge Andrew Logan in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court in which Hoerig’s attorneys, who are with the county’s branch of the Ohio Public Defender’s office, have sought to suppress her statements and declare them inadmissible at her trial Sept. 17. They argue investigators failed to notify her of her right to counsel.

Karl Hoerig had been a commercial airline pilot and a major in the Air Force. Nearly 10 members of his family attended the hearings.

Judge Logan has ordered both sides to file legal briefs in 30 days before he renders a decision. He has set a June 21 pretrial hearing date for Claudia Hoerig, who sat silently in her orange prison garb during the proceedings.

Read more about the case in Saturday's Vindicator or on

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