Ohio man indicted in rape and death of girl, 9

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Associated Press

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 10:33 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 21 at 10:36 PM

WOOSTER, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio man has been indicted by a grand jury in the rape and strangulation of a 9-year-old girl whose body was found in a trash bin at the trailer park where they were neighbors.

Officials in Wayne County say the grand jury returned an indictment on Friday against 24-year-old Jerrod Metsker in the death last Saturday of 9-year-old Reann Murphy. The grand jury charged him with aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape.

Authorities say the death penalty would be available as punishment if Metsker is convicted of murder.

Authorities say Metsker was the last person seen with Reann at the trailer park in Smithville, southwest of Akron. He is being held on $1 million bond. An attorney for Metsker previously said he couldn't comment on the case.

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