Published: Friday, March 16, 2007
Prosecutors: Bradford stalked Pa. doctor at Youngstown mosque
The doctor's wife gave her lover money, expensive luggage and steroids, prosecutors say.
By LAURE CIOFFI
AKRON Dr. Gulam Moonda easily could have become another Youngstown death statistic.
Federal prosecutors filed papers Thursday stating that Dr. Moonda's killer stalked the Mercer County urologist outside a mosque in Youngstown.
The papers reveal that Moonda's wife, Donna, instructed Damian Bradford to kill the wealthy doctor as he attended his weekly religious services. According to Dr. Moonda's obituary, he was a member of Masjid al-Khir Mosque in Youngstown.
Bradford went to the mosque sometime in 2005 to shoot the 69-year-old doctor but did not find the opportunity to carry out the plan, court papers state.
Bradford, a 25-year-old drug dealer from Beaver County, Pa., instead went back to the palatial Moonda home on Trout Island Drive and further talked to Donna Moonda about plans to kill her husband, according to prosecutors.
Donna Moonda is expected to go on trial in June for aiding and abetting in her husband's May 13, 2005, shooting death on the side of the Ohio Turnpike in Cuyahoga County. She could be put to death if convicted.
Met in drug rehab
The new court papers outline Donna Moonda's troubled past, which includes her dismissal from a Mercer County hospital for an alleged drug addiction. Her nursing license was subsequently revoked and she was placed on probation by a Mercer County judge who ordered her to attend drug rehabilitation in Beaver County.
It was there that the 47-year-old became intimate with Bradford, and the two started plotting Dr. Moonda's death, prosecutors said.
Subsequent to Dr. Moonda's death, Bradford and Donna Moonda continued to talk and meet. Court papers state that in December 2005, Bradford went to the Moonda home and was given several thousand dollars and an expensive luggage set by Donna Moonda.
Prosecutors contend that Donna Moonda also paid for many "items of value" for Bradford and obtained and delivered steroids and syringes from her husband's office for Bradford. Steroids were found in a search of Bradford's home May 20, 2005.
Bradford has said that Donna Moonda promised him half of her husband's estate, which she estimated at between $3 million and $6 million.
He has since entered into a plea agreement to be the government's chief witness against Donna Moonda in exchange for a 171/2-year prison sentence.