Court orders new trial for suspect in woman's death

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - An appeals court ordered a new trial for a man accused of killing a woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car, which police had ticketed for illegal parking.

Denny Ross' original trial ended in a mistrial just before the jury voted to acquit him. On Tuesday that Ninth District Court of Appeals overturned a lower court's ruling and said Ross should be tried again.

Ross, 22, of Springfield Township, was charged with the 1999 rape and murder of Hannah Hill, 18, of Akron. A week after she disappeared, Hill's body was found in the trunk of her car. Police had ticketed her car two days after she was reported missing and several people called police to report seeing her car. Three police dispatchers were later disciplined.

In October 2000, the jury was about to announce its verdict when the jury foreman told Summit County Common Pleas Judge Jane Bond that one of the jurors supported the verdict only because he was in a hurry to leave.

Bond, concerned about jury misconduct, dismissed the jury and declared a mistrial.

A common pleas judge in February said Ross can't be tried again on the same charges and that Bond erred in declaring a mistrial.

The judge said the constitution prohibits against "double jeopardy," which is trying a person twice for the same offense.

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