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2 bound over to grand jury in murder-for-hire plot

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    Bruce Arnoff


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    Patrick Gall



ELYRIA — The cases of two men allegedly involved in a murder-for-hire plot that led to the shooting death of Willie Fisher have been bound over for a grand jury to consider.

Bruce Arnoff, 56, of Solon, and Patrick Gall, 18, of East Cleveland, were scheduled to have preliminary hearings Tuesday afternoon in Elyria Municipal Court, but both men waived their rights to the hearings. The cases were sent to the grand jury to decide whether to indict the men.

Arnoff is charged with murder and tampering with evidence, and prosecutors have said that he paid Gall and John Sullivan, 29, also of East Cleveland, $500 to murder Fisher. Fisher’s body was found near Convenient Food Mart on East Avenue in Elyria, and the crime was caught on video, according to the prosecutor.

Gall has been charged with aggravated murder and was arrested last week after a nearly four-hour standoff with police and U.S. Marshals in East Cleveland. Both Gall and Arnoff are being held in Lorain County Jail on $2 million bond.

Sullivan remains incarcerated in Cuyahoga County. He was pulled over reportedly for speeding on Interstate 480 by Brooklyn police less than four hours after Fisher’s body was found. He faces charges of having weapons under disability, according to court documents.

Sullivan was scheduled for a preliminary hearing Tuesday morning in Parma Municipal Court but waived the hearing. He has been indicted on a felony charge in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court and was originally scheduled to be arraigned there July 27, but the arraignment has been pushed up to today.

Like Gall, Sullivan faces charges of aggravated murder in Lorain County stemming from the Fisher killing.

Contact Scott Mahoney at 440-329-7146 or Follow him Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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