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Man Charged With Death of Missing Teen Fights To Keep Jury From Hearing About Prior Manslaughter Conviction
Robert Moore is charged with the murder of 16-year-old Glenna White, who disappeared in 2009. Now, his attorneys are fighting to keep his 1993 involuntary manslaughter conviction out of the case.
The man charged with the murder of an Ohio teenager who disappeared in 2009 is trying to keep a jury from hearing about a previous involuntary manslaughter conviction in 1993 and his confession in that case.
Robert Moore is charged with aggravated murder for the death of Glenna White, 16. Her body has never been found. The Portage County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Marshals Service are offering up to $10,000 for information that helps them close the case.
Moore, 51, is being held at the Mahoning County Jail on a $1 million bond. He was indicted for White’s murder on Dec.16.
The case was reopened in 2020 after the Portage County Sheriff’s Office got a tip while investigating another cold case homicide from 1994.
Moore’s attorneys want his conviction for the death of Virginia Lecorchick, 22, suppressed because “it would be unfairly prejudicial to defendant.”
Assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Mike Yacovone argued in a motioned filed earlier this week that the evidence should be admitted because Lecorchick’s death is “strikingly similar” to what happened to White. He “committed essentially the same crime twice with different victims.”
White was hanging out with a group of people on June 2 including, her boyfriend Charles Shreve, Moore, and his girlfriend, Deanna Shreve, who is Charles’ mother. Both Moore and White were reportedly drinking.
White accused Moore of touching her inappropriately and trying to rape her. Moore took White home and when he returned about an hour later, he was “covered in blood splatter from his waist up,” according to prosecutors. He said he'd been in a bar fight.
White has never been seen again.
Several days after White disappeared, the Sebring Fire Department responded to a vehicle fire. The car that Moore left in with White on the night she went missing was destroyed in the fire.
Sixteen years earlier, Moore met Virginia Lecorchick at a bar. They decided to leave the bar to go have a couple of beers at a nearby lake.
While at the lake, Moore asked Lecorchick if she wanted to have sex, but she said no and ran away, according to court documents.
Moore ran after her and later told police “I jumped on her then I just started hitting her.” When asked why he hit her he said that he “just exploded.”
Once she was unconscious, he took her body and threw it in the lake.
Moore confessed to the crime and was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter, serving 15 years in prison.
“He gives these women drinks, asks the women to have sex with him, and when they say no, run away, threaten police action, and/or cry rape he beats them to death. His intent is to get rid of the evidence against him. … Defendant repeated this pattern with both victims,” prosecutors wrote in their motion.
A hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.
White’s aunt, Sarah Raymond, told WEWS in December, that the family had long hoped that the teen’s story would have a happy ending.
"We always had hope that she was coming home, that she was out there somewhere," Raymond said.
She later added: "She was a good person. She made everybody's life better. She did anything to help anybody and that's a part of us we're never going to have again.”