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Man accused of beating man to death in Cleveland

September 7, 2018

Man accused of beating man to death in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 40-year-old man with a history of violence is accused of beating a 33-year-old man to death.

Cory Moorer of Cleveland is charged with murder in the Aug. 18 death of Ricky Williams. Moorer is not in police custody and a warrant was issued Thursday for his arrest.

Williams died from blunt force trauma to his head and complications of an enlarged heart, according to court records.

Williams confronted Moorer about 11:30 p.m. at a home on East 85th Street near Superior Avenue in the city’s Hough neighborhood.

Williams, who was visiting the home, confronted Moorer in the driveway, police said. They did not say why the two argued.

Moorer then attacked Williams, who was driven to University Hospitals, where he died. Moorer ran off after the fight.

Moorer’s history of felony convictions dates back to a 1997 attempted robbery conviction in which he stole money from a man’s hands at a grocery store on East 105th Street.

Moorer spent four days in jail for a domestic violence conviction in 2016 that included the victim refusing to show up for court. Moore had two other cases for violent crimes dropped because victims refused to show up for trial.

He was sent to prison for a year in a 2011 domestic violence case and he spent two years in prison for a 2006 case in which he put a rifle to his girlfriend’s head and threatened to “blow her brains out,” according to court records.

In 1999, he punched a woman in the face, stole her car and money. Cleveland police stopped his car for a traffic violation and Moorer initially stopped. The officer got out of his car and Moorer drove at the officer, hitting him.

He sped off and later crashed his car. He was sentenced to three years in prison in that case.

Moorer has several other felony convictions for drug trafficking and possession.

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