Woman accused of murdering Air Force husband back in Trumbull Co.

Prosecutors say Claudia Hoerig killed her husband in Newton Falls in March of 2007 and then left for her native Brazil on the same day

Claudia Hoerig caught.

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Claudia Hoerig — the woman accused of murdering her husband, Air Force Major Karl Hoerig, in 2007 — has returned to Trumbull County after prosecutors say she fled to Brazil.

Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins announced around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday that she is now in Trumbull County Jail.

Hoerig is scheduled to appear before Judge Andrew Logan in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court for her arraignment at 10 a.m. Friday.

Karl Hoerig was an Air Force major at the air base in Vienna. State Rep. John Boccieri, who worked with Karl at the air base, received a call from U.S. Marshals about the extradition. He said, “After many years of waiting, justice is finally served.”

It’s been 11 years since a warrant was issued for Hoerig’s arrest on an aggravated murder charge.

Karl’s body was found inside his Newton Falls home in March of 2007, covered with a tarp at the bottom of the stairs. He had been shot twice in the back and once in the head.

Prosecutors say Hoerig killed him and then left for her native country, Brazil, on the same day.

She was being held in prison there but in March of 2017, the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil voted to send her back to the U.S. for trial.

The local story was featured on 48 Hours in November.

Watkins said he’s ecstatic about Hoerig’s return to Trumbull County — so much so, that words cannot describe his happiness.

He credited work by county, state and federal law enforcement, the Brazilian government, the media, elected officials — including Congressman Tim Ryan, Rep. Bill Johnson and John Boccieri — and Karl Hoerig’s family for bringing her back to the U.S.

WKBN talked to Congressman Ryan on the phone Wednesday night. He said he’s happy for Karl’s family.

“I want to say how much my heart and thoughts are with the family. I can’t imagine what they’ve gone through over the last 11 years, and for them to finally get some closure on this is rewarding for me, and my office and my team that’s been working on this, but we’re so happy for them,” Rayn said.

Rep. Bill Johnson, R-Marietta, issued the following statement about Claudia Hoerig’s arrest.

First and foremost, I’m extremely happy for Karl’s family. They have been through an ordeal that no family should suffer. I cannot imagine the pain and anguish they have been through.

This day was a long time in the making. Many people, such as Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins, Rep. Tim Ryan, former Rep. John Boccieri, local, state, and national law enforcement, and of course, the Hoerig Family, never gave up in their quest.

This milestone is also a testament to the resiliency of the US Air Force family, the men who served with Karl, who never gave up their quest for justice for their brother; and, I’m happy to have played a role in this successful outcome since I was first elected. Persistently, many in the Mahoning Valley have fought for justice for Karl and the Hoerig Family. Now, prosecutors will have their chance to try the case, and Claudia Hoerig will finally stand trial for the heinous crime she is accused of.

Watkins said Claudia Hoerig is still presumed innocent until proven guilty and will be given a fair trial.


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