New trial set for suspect in woman's death

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A new trial has been set for a man accused of killing a woman whose body was found in the trunk of her car.
Visiting Summit County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Cirigliano on Wednesday denied motions by Denny Ross' attorneys and set the trial for Nov. 17.
Ross' original trial ended in a mistrial just before the jury voted to acquit him. Summit County Common Pleas Judge Jane Bond, concerned about jury misconduct, dismissed the jury and declared the mistrial.
Attorneys Larry Whitney and David Chesnoff asked Cirigliano to accept the jury's innocent verdicts, which Bond didn't know about when she declared the mistrial.
Ross, 24, 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.
Ross is in prison, serving two years after pleading guilty in January 2002 to burglary, bribery and drug trafficking.
Cirigliano ruled in February 2002 that a retrial would constitute double jeopardy because Bond had abused her discretion.
But in a 2-1 decision in December, the 9th Ohio District Court of Appeals overturned the ruling, saying Bond had looked at all alternatives before making her decision. The Ohio Supreme Court in May refused to hear an appeal.
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