Court rules Ohio man can face 5th trial for 2002 slaying

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled a man can be tried a fifth time in the slaying of a woman found dead in her apartment 14 years ago.

The court ruled 6-1 Wednesday that a lengthy judicial process doesn’t violate 48-year-old Christopher Anderson’s constitutional rights.

There have been two hung juries and two mistrials in previous attempts to convict him.

Anderson has been jailed since his arrest several months after 22-year-old Amber Zurcher was found dead in her Youngstown-area apartment in June 2002.

Authorities say Zurcher was likely strangled with a cord or wire. Anderson was among those who had been inside her Austintown home hours before her body was found.

Prosecutors say DNA samples connect Anderson to Zurcher.

Defense attorneys say there’s no evidence Anderson killed her.

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