Trial for suspect accused of murdering missing Alliance teen delayed to next week
The trial scheduled to begin Monday for an Alliance man accused of murdering a teenager who hasn’t been seen in fourteen years has been reset for next week.
According to a 21 News reporter in the courtroom before the trial, the jury had been selected and trial was initially ready to begin, but right before the jury was made official, there were concerns over whether or not one of the jurors could remain impartial.
Because of this, all jurors were dismissed and the entire juror pool were dismissed and the court must start the selection process from scratch. Jury selection is scheduled to start fresh Tuesday, October 10.
Fifty-three-year-old Robert Moore 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.
While a murder conviction in Ohio can bring a sentence of fifteen years to life in prison, being found guilty of aggravated murder could mean a death sentence or life in prison. The case dates to 2009 when police say the Alliance teen went missing after visiting Moore’s home.
Police said White, then 16 years old, was there to meet a teenage girlfriend, but then left with Moore that night and was never seen again.
Since White has never been found, prosecutors need to convince a jury that White was murdered and that Moore is the person who committed the crime.
Moore has been held in the Mahoning County jail since his arrest in December 2021.