Inmate Indicted In Killing Initially Blamed On Exonerated Man

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - A man has been indicted in a rape and killing for which another man spent seven years in prison before being exonerated.

Summit County Prosecutor Sherri Bevan Walsh says her office will seek the death penalty for Earl Mann.

He's accused of the 1998 strangulation death of Judith Johnson and the rape of her then-six-year-old granddaughter. The crimes occurred in Barberton, 40 miles south of Cleveland.

Johnson's son-in-law, Clarence Elkins, was first convicted of the crimes. He spent seven years in prison before D-N-A evidence exonerated him in 2005.

Prosecutors say they took their time bringing new charges because they wanted to build a solid case against Mann, who is currently in prison on unrelated rape charges.