March 9, 2014
Clara Schwartz has won a delay in sentencing on her conviction for the murder of her father.
A Loudoun County judge today agreed to hold off until Feb. 10. That gives her lawyers time to offer a motion questioning whether prosecutors had evidence that Schwartz's father abused her, and failed to give that evidence to the defense.
The motion will center on evidence gathered from an interview with Schwartz's high school history teacher, Richard Gillespie. He told the judge today that he thought Schwartz was verbally abused by her father. Gillespie described incidents where she had no ride home and the father didn't seem to care. Gillespie considered it serious enough to discuss with a guidance counselor, but says his understanding was that nothing more was ever done.
Schwartz's sister, Michele, calls the abuse allegations , "absolutely ridiculous."
Clara Schwartz was convicted of murdering her father, Robert, who was found dead in his rural Loudoun home in December of 2001. Jurors recommended she spend 48 years in prison.