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Mistrial approved for 3 defendants in Alishah Pointer case

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

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

Alishah Pointer was 22 years old when she was kidnapped, tortured, and shot to death in a “horrific” and prolonged act of violence in Ohio in 2021. On Monday, a court in Cleveland declared a mistrial for three of the six people accused of brutally ending her life.

Anthony Bryant, 19, Brittany Smith, 33, and Hakeem-Ali Shomo 31, had been on trial since March 6 over charges including aggravated murder, kidnapping, conspiracy and felonious assault.

Their trial came to an end early on Monday, the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas said in a message sent to Law&Crime.

“Prior to the trial resuming this morning, there was a motion for mistrial,” the court’s statement said. “Court staff had sent a procedural communication to the parties, which was inadvertently sent only to the prosecutors. Because this could be considered ex-parte communication, out of an abundance of caution, the Court granted the mistrial and the Judge recused himself from the case.”

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