08/01/2018 - Lawyers granted until Friday to find a computer evidence expert witness

The judge in the Claudia Hoerig aggravated-murder case has granted her lawyers until Friday to identify an expert witness to examine images from computers at the Hoerig home.

Hoerig, 53, is charged with shooting her husband, Maj. Karl Hoerig, to death in their Newton Falls home in March 2007 and fleeing to her native Brazil, where she lived until January.

Investigators soon discovered that Claudia Hoerig had flown to her native country of Brazil three days before Karl's body was found at about the presumed time of his death. Karl's friends and family say that underpinned their suspicions. "I knew it was her," says Paul Hoerig. "She told us a story about how Brazil... that basically they just don't extradite." A month after Karl's death, Claudia was charged with aggravated murder and a warrant was issued for her arrest in Trumbull County, Ohio.

The extension to find an expert witness to examine the computer evidence was questioned by Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins in a July 24 filing on the grounds that any "fishing expedition" or "cyber space exploration” that could push the scheduled Sept. 17 trial date should be denied.

The prosecutor also said any decisions that would put the Sept. 17 trial date in doubt might require the judge to hold a hearing under provisions of the new Marsy's Law.

Judge Andrew Logan said he found the request for more time to identify an expert witness who is skilled with computer images until Friday well-taken.

Defense counsel also has until Friday to file a brief regarding requested suppression of evidence from the trial.

He said he also may have to have a second hearing on the requested suppression of evidence if it becomes necessary.

On the day she flew back to the United States, she told investigators she killed her husband because his comments that day angered her.