Mistrial approved for 3 defendants in Alishah Pointer case

Hakeem-Ali Shomo, Anthony Bryant and Brittany Smith appear in mugshots

Hakeem-Ali Shomo (left), Anthony Bryant (right) and Brittany Smith (centre) are believed to have taken part in the brutal kidnapping, torture and murder of Alishah Pointer in November 2021. (Cuyahoga County Sheriff)

Alishah Pointer was 22 when she was kidnapped, tortured and shot dead in a “horrific” and ongoing act of violence in Ohio in 2021. On Monday, a Cleveland court declared a mistrial for three of the six defendants who brutally ended their lives.

Anthony Bryant, 19, Brittany Smith, 33, and Hakeem-Ali Shomo, 31, have been on trial since March 6 on charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and criminal assault.

Her trial concluded early Monday, the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas said in a message sent to Law&Crime.

“Before the trial resumed this morning, there was a mistrial motion,” the court’s statement said. “Court officials had given the parties a procedural notice that was inadvertently given only to the prosecutors. As this could be considered ex parte communication, the court, out of prudence, allowed the mistrial and the judge withdrew from the case.”

https://lawandcrime.com/crime/mistrial-declared-for-3-alleged-to-have-taken-part-in-hourslong-kidnapping-torture-and-murder-of-22-year-old/ Mistrial approved for 3 defendants in Alishah Pointer case

Brian Ashcraft

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