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Akron: Jury still deliberating in Denny Ross retrial

3:48 PM, Oct 3, 2012   |    comments
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AKRON -- A jury has recessed for the day after completing another day of deliberations in the retrial of Denny Ross.

The jurors will resume deliberations at 9 a.m. on Thursday.

Ross is being tried for a second time in the murder of Hanna Hill. The 18-year-old's body was found in the trunk of her car six days after she was reported missing in May 1999.

The jurors-nine women and three men-are the second jury to consider the case against Ross who is now 33. A judge declared a mistrial in 2000 due to jury misconduct after it was discovered jurors discussed a lie detector test that was not presented as evidence at trial.

New DNA samples have been the basis of the prosecution's new case.

Ross is currently serving a 25-year sentence after he was convicted of the rape and attempted murder of an Akron woman in 2004.

The jury is considering the following charges against Ross:

  • Count 1 - Murder, purposely caused the death of Hill 
  • Count 2 - Murder, caused the death during commission of felonious assault.
  • Count 3 - Tampering with evidence
  • Count 4 - Abuse of a corpse 
  • Count 5 - Felonious assault

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