Man indicted for slaying 27 years later

June 28, 2009 at 1:18 PM
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CLEVELAND, June 28 (UPI) -- The death this month of an Ohio football player 27 years after being wounded in a shooting has resulted in murder charges against the gunman, prosecutors say.

The case against Victor Gomez, 44, is believed to represent the longest time span between an initial offense and an indictment ever seen in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, which includes Cleveland, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Sunday.

Gomez served six years in prison in the 1980s for the 1982 shooting of Michael Woods, who was left without the use of his arms or legs until his death this month at age 54. Now prosecutors say they have filed murder charges against Gomez in Woods's death.

Woods was an NFL player who had spent four years with the Baltimore Colts and had been a star linebacker for Cleveland's Benedictine High School and the University of Cincinnati. His career was ended by the shooting, prosecutors say.

The Plain Dealer reported Gomez is already serving 41 to 85 years in prison for sexually assaulting three women in Cleveland last year.

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