No court date set for Schweiger in witness-bribing charge

DOVER — The case of a 26-year-old Dover man charged with bribing a witness during a 2014 murder case in which he was found not guilty remains in limbo.

No indictment has been returned against Gerard T. “Gerry” Schweiger since his March 31 arrest by Delaware State Police, and no court dates scheduled, according to the Kent County Courthouse’s Prothonotary’s Office earlier this week.

Mr. Schweiger was found not guilty of murder by a Kent County jury on Aug. 29, 2014, regarding the death of Tony Mozick Sr. in Leipsic on Jan. 5, 2013.

According to police, an investigation began shortly after Mr. Schweiger was released from prison in September 2014, and included a recorded telephone conversation between him and an unidentified person.

Gerard T. Schweiger

Gerard T. Schweiger

Mr. Schweiger also was charged with two counts of first-degree perjury and second-degree conspiracy after investigation into testimony given in the Mozick case, police said.

Phillip M. Wright, 26, of Harrington, was arrested on April 1 and charged with first-degree perjury and second-degree conspiracy.

According to a police news release when announcing the arrest, an investigation found that during Mr. Schweiger allegedly “exposed facts that the testimony he had given during the trial was false and that he had bribed Phillip Wright to falsely testify in order to establish an alibi,” during a telephone conversation.

Mr. Schweiger and Mr. Wright met while incarcerated at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, police said.

After the arrest, Mr. Schweiger was committed to JTVCC on a $54,000 cash bond on the new charges, along with a $25,000 cash bond for an administrative warrant obtained by Probation and Parole.

Mr. Wright was held at Sussex Correctional Institution in Georgetown on an $11,000 secured bond after his arrest, according to authorities.

Regarding the Mozick case, Mr. Schweiger was found guilty of abusing a corpse, breach of release, tampering with physical evidence, hindering prosecution and second-degree conspiracy.

Reach staff writer Craig Anderson at canderson@newszap.com

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