OH GLENNA JEAN WHITE: Missing from Alliance, OH - 2 Jun 2009 - Age 16

Glenna Jean White

Endangered Missing from Alliance, Ohio since June 2, 2009

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Age: 16 -- Height: 5'3" -- Weight: 125 lbs -- Hair Color: Brown -- Eye Color: Blue

Glenna's nickname is Gennie. Her ears, nose, and lip are pierced. Glenna has a tattoo on her right arm of a yin-yang and sunburst. She has a scar on her left wrist.

Glenna was last seen in Alliance, Ohio on June 2, 2009. She is believed to be in the local area. She may have a purple bicycle with her.

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Attorney says no evidence of victim’s death in Smith Twp. cold case murder​

Jan 18, 2022

The attorney for a man accused of a cold case 2009 murder in Smith Township told a judge Tuesday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court that he has evidence of people seeing the victim alive after prosecutors say she was murdered.

The topic came up during a hearing on a motion before Judge Maureen Sweeney to exclude any evidence from a previous manslaughter conviction against Robert L. Moore, 51, of Alliance, who was indicted in December for the 2009 death of Glenna Jean White, 17, of Smith Township.

Prosecutors said Moore was the last person to see White alive June 2, 2009. She has not been seen again, according to prosecutors. Her body has never been found, and Moore was indicted after the investigation into her disappearance was reopened in 2020 after an investigator with the Portage County Drug Task Force got a tip.

Defense attorney Jeffrey Haupt said during the motion hearing that prosecutors have presented no evidence that White is dead. The hearing was on whether to exclude evidence of a 1993 manslaughter conviction against his client.

Haupt said White’s mother reported a few months after she went missing in 2009 that she had heard that White was sneaking back into her home and leaving before her mother woke up. When the mother checked White’s room, she found several of White’s favorite clothes missing and filed a police report, Haupt said.

About three weeks after White disappeared, White’s mother got a call from someone who claimed to have seen White at a hotel on U.S. Route 62. The reason the caller remembered White is that White was kind to the caller’s daughter who has Down’s Syndrome, Haupt said.

Someone else reported seeing White in May 2010 in Louisville, Haupt said.

“This flies in the face of what this prosecution is going to tell the jury about what happened,” Haupt said. “There is no evidence of death. There is no evidence of cause of death.”


Defense wants fire evidence suppressed in man’s murder trial​

MAY 11, 2022

The defense in the Robert L. Moore aggravated murder case has asked Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court to exclude evidence from Moore’s trial, scheduled for May 23.

Moore, 52, of Alliance, is charged with one count of aggravated murder and one count of murder in the disappearance and presumed killing of Glenna J. White, 16, of Smith Township in 2009, whose body was never found. Moore was indicted in December.

Attorney Jeffrey Haupt of Alliance filed a motion asking that there be no evidence presented in Moore’s trial regarding a fire involving an automobile that took place June 11, 2009, that prosecutors have suggested could be related to the case.

Prosecutors have said the fire destroyed the vehicle of Deanna Shreve — the same car Moore is alleged to have used when he left Shreve’s home June 2, 2009, with White the night she disappeared.

Prosecutors allege that White, 16, was at Shreve’s home on Alden Avenue in Alliance late June 2, 2009, and into the early hours of June 3, 2009, with her boyfriend, Charles Shreve; Charles Shreve’s mother; Deanna Shreve; and Moore, who was Deanna Shreve’s boyfriend.

Moore and White reportedlywere drinking. At some point, White woke up others in the home with the allegation that Moore had touched her inappropriately or tried to rape her, prosecutors have stated.

Moore then “demanded to take (White) home, left with her in Deanna Shreve’s car, and was gone for over an hour, returning without her,” the filing alleges.
 

Second murder trial set in missing teen cold case​

A second trial is scheduled to begin early next year for an Alliance man charged with murdering a teenager who hasn’t been seen in thirteen years.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney has set a January 17 trial date for 52-year-old Robert Moore who was already found “not guilty” of aggravated murder in connection with the disappearance of Glenna Jean White.

Judge Sweeney declared a mistrial in June when the jury hearing the case could not reach a unanimous verdict on a murder charge.

Moore, who remains held in the Mahoning County jail, is scheduled to appear for a pretrial on October 25, and a final pretrial on January 11.


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JAN 20, 2023

ED RUNYAN

Reporter​


YOUNGSTOWN — Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court has again postponed the retrial of Robert L. Moore in the 2009 disappearance and presumed murder of 16-year-old Glenna White from a Smith Township home.

Sweeney issued a judgment entry postponing the Monday retrial because of questions about “information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.”

The filing states that on Wednesday, attorneys from the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office and defense attorney Lou DeFabio approached the court “with newly discovered information regarding the case.”

It stated that the parties “are in receipt of information from National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a case file is present and available” on White.

The filing does not say what kind of new information is contained in the file, but the parties “jointly requested a continuance of the trial set for Jan. 23, 2023,” and the judge approved it, setting a pretrial hearing for 9 a.m. Jan. 30.
 

2 hrs 5 mins ago
By Mike Gauntner

A trial is scheduled to get underway Monday in a Mahoning County courtroom for an Alliance man accused of murdering a teenager who hasn’t been seen in fourteen years.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Judge Maureen Sweeney will preside over the trial of 53-year-old Robert Moore who was already found “not guilty” of aggravated murder in connection with the disappearance of Glenna Jean White.

Judge Sweeney declared a mistrial in June of last year when the jury hearing the case found Moore "not guilty" of aggravated murder, but could not reach a unanimous verdict on the less serious murder count.
 


JAN 11, 2024

SPECIAL TO THE JOURNAL​


YOUNGSTOWN — At the request of the defense, the Robert L. Moore murder trial was again postponed Monday in the 2009 disappearance and presumed murder of Glenna J. White, 16.


YOUNGSTOWN — At the request of the defense, the Robert L. Moore murder trial was again postponed Monday in the 2009 disappearance and presumed murder of Glenna J. White, 16.


It is now set for April 22.

Glenna’s body was never found. She was visiting a home on Alden Avenue in Smith Township when she left late June 2, 2009, with Moore. She had told others in the home that Moore had touched her inappropriately or tried to rape her, prosecutors said. Moore’s girlfriend lived at the home.

Court officials said the postponement was because of the illness. The postponement prior to this one was in November when jury selection came up short of having enough potential jurors to select a panel and the process had to be started over.

Moore, 53, of Alliance, was tried once before — in June 2022. The jury found Moore not guilty of aggravated murder but could not decide whether Moore was guilty of murder, so prosecutors decided to try him again.

There also have been numerous other postponements. Moore was indicted in December 2021 in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.
 


APR 24, 2024
ED RUNYAN

YOUNGSTOWN — Opening statements in the Robert L. Moore murder trial laid bare facts the prosecution and defense would have preferred that the jury not hear as the trial is set to resume today.

Moore, 53, of the Alliance area, is charged with killing Glenna J. White, 16, after Moore drove her from a home on Alden Avenue in Smith Township June 2, 2009, allegedly to take her home, but Glenna was never seen again.

First, the prosecution talked about evidence the jurors will hear about Moore having been previously convicted of killing a female in 1993.

Pat Fening, assistant county prosecutor, told jurors that prosecutors are “allowed to use this evidence to establish a behavioral fingerprint, put in other words as modus operandi or M.O. and that is signature fingerprint-like characteristics unique enough to suggest that the prior act and the current crime were committed by the same person.”

Fening said the evidence will show that “in 1993, (Moore) was out with a woman younger than him for a night of drinking. The defendant convinced the woman to go home with him.” Fening said Moore gave her a ride and “made sexual advances on the victim, which were rejected by her. The victim attempted to escape by running away.”

Fening said that in response, Moore “chased her down, beat her to death with his bare hands, walked her out to waist high water, dumped her body in the Berlin Reservoir and weighed her down with a log.”

Lou DeFabio, Moore’s attorney, said in his opening statement that it was clear that the prosecution also has something they would rather jurors not hear.

It is that a key witness, who provides much of the evidence suggesting that Moore may have harmed Glenna, had her own trouble with the law not long ago.

DeFabio told jurors that the witness was “in some serious trouble” last year, though “nothing happened.” And DeFabio said a detective “tried to get her a low bond so she could get out of jail because they need her for this case, because that is their case.”

DeFabio said the witness also “gave inconsistent statements throughout” the investigation and also “was caught in a lie” as to whether she “got into a fight with Glenna that night.”

Fening told jurors that Glenna had been at the home on Alden with her boyfriend and other friends on June 2, 2009. It was the home of Deanna Shreve, girlfriend of Robert L. Moore, and Moore was there, where he lived. The people were drinking and then they went to bed.

A while later, Glenna “wakes up Erica Teis, screaming the defendant had just tried to rape her,” Fening said. “At this point, Glenna just wants to go home, the broken home she has run away from so many times. That’s how terrified she was of the defendant that evening.”

But Moore “insists on taking her home alone,” and they left in Shreve’s car for Glenna’s mother’s home on Webb Avenue in Alliance, Fening said.

Fening noted that the case started out as a missing person’s case, and Stark County law enforcement officers started following up on reports of people thinking they had seen the girl, but nothing panned out.

Fourteen months later, in August 2010, Teis saw a missing-persons flier and gave a statement to police about the things that happened June 2, 2009. The case was transferred to the Smith Township Police Department in Mahoning County, and it became a homicide investigation, Fening said. Physical evidence was then collected at the Alden Avenue home. However, the vehicle that Moore drove with Glenna inside had been destroyed by that time in a fire.

Fening acknowledged that prosecutors do not have a body, but what they do have is “Glenna leaving the house with the defendant that night, we have the defendant returning home later, covered in blood from the waist up, mud from the knees down. He has no injuries that would cause that much blood.”

DeFabio said that because Glenna was never found, the prosecution is never going to have “evidence of a cause of death, place of death, manner of death, they don’t have a stitch of clothing, they have absolutely no scientific evidence to substantiate what they are saying.”

The first witness in the case was Elizabeth White, Glenna’s mother, who acknowledged that she was not a good mother to Glenna because of Elizabeth’s mental health issues and drinking problems. Glenna lived with Elizabeth’s mother for the first 10 years of Glenna’s life because Elizabeth could not take care of her.

Glenna suffered from a variety of mental health issues as a child, including multiple personalities and tried to commit suicide, Elizabeth testified.
 

  • April 26, 2024
YOUNGSTOWN — The murder trial of Robert L. Moore did not resume Thursday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Court officials would not say why, and it’s unknown whether it will start up again today. The trial is expected to continue through next week.

Moore, 53, of the Alliance area, is charged with killing Glenna J. White, 16, after he drove her from a home on Alden Avenue in Smith Township on June 2, 2009, to take her to her mother’s home in Alliance. White was never seen again.

Testimony began Tuesday, with more Wednesday afternoon. The trial has been postponed numerous times in the past for several reasons, including COVID-19 and issues with a witness.
 

  • April 27, 2024
YOUNGSTOWN — Robert L. Moore’s murder retrial was ruled a mistrial Friday at the defense team’s request because his attorney, Lou DeFabio, has a family health issue.

The case will be tried again July 15, according to Mahoning County Assistant Prosecutor Patrick Fening. The case has seen several delays since Moore was first found not guilty in June 2022 on the charge of aggravated murder in the 2009 presumed murder of 16-year-old Glenna J. White of Alliance.

The jury was hung, meaning unable to decide, on whether Moore was guilty of murder, so prosecutors decided to try Moore again on that charge.

The evidence the first jury heard was that Moore was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in 1993 and was sentenced to 10 to 25 years in prison after admitting to killing Virginia Lecorchick, 22, near Berlin Lake in 1993. Moore spent 15 years in prison.

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Outline of all the postponements in this trial at link. ~Summer
 

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