Jury selection begins in oft-postponed cold case murder trial

Staff photo / Ed Runyan The photo shows Robert L. Moore, right, waiting with his attorney, Lou DeFabio, for jury selection in today'sMON murder trial to begin in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

YOUNGSTOWN — Jury selection has begun in the oft-postponed murder trial of Robert L. Moore in the 2009 disappearance and presumed murder of Glenna J. White, 16 of Alliance.

Moore, 53, also of the Alliance area, has been in the Mahoning County jail awaiting trial since Dec. 17, 2021, according to jail records. The trial has been posted numerous times in the past few years. Glenna disappeared from a home on Alden Avenue in Smith Township.

To avoid an earlier issue, 75 potential jurors were called for the trial. An earlier attempt to seat a jury failed because too many potential jurors had to be dismissed, and there were not enough to continue with jury selection.

The trial marks the fourth week in a row in which a significant jury trial has taken place in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court. In fact, there were two significant jury trials two weeks ago. Also, two of the assistant prosecutors involved in the Moore trial today just finished up with a murder trial on Friday. They are Rob Andrews and Pat Fening.


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