Yesterday afternoon Summit County Common Pleas Judge Judy Hunter scheduled a November 28, 2011, re-trial of Denny Ross in connection with his involvement in the 1999 death of Akron woman Hannah Hill.
Ross was first tried in the fall 2000, but then-trial judge, Jane Bond, now retired, declared a mistrial over juror misconduct during deliberations. Bond ended the trial after one juror allegedly informed other jurors about evidence that had been excluded from the trial.
After the mistrial, both sides raised disputes regarding the constitutional issue of double jeopardy, ending with an Ohio Supreme Court ruling that Ross must stand trial again.
Ross's situation demonstrates the complexity of the criminal justice system and emphasizes the accused's need for experienced criminal legal representation. Criminal charges such as those Ross faces carry severe penalties ranging from lengthy prison terms to, in the most serious cases, the death penalty.