Brimfield Police Chief David Oliver met 18-year-old Hannah Hill in 1999 and warned her ' If you keep hanging with this crew, you will be dead in six months."
AKRON, Ohio - In May 1999, the body of Hannah Hill from Kenmore was found stuffed in the trunk of her car three miles from where her accused killer, Denny Ross, lived. Now, Ross is being retried for Hill's murder. Below is a timeline of events over the past 13 years.
May 19, 1999: Eleven days before Hannah Hill's 19th birthday, she leaves her parents house abruptly around 10:30 p.m. This would be the last day they saw her alive.
May 20, 1999: Hannah's employer, Diebold, calls her parents house because she didn't report to work. Her parents file a missing persons report that night.
May 21, 1999: Jerry Reymann, an Akron resident who lived on Caine Road, called police about a suspicious car parked across from his home for more than 24 hours.
May 25, 1999: Akron police announce Hannah's missing persons report to the media. The department faces harsh criticism from the community over their lack of response to the calls about a car matching the description of Hill's parked on Caine Road for days.
May 26, 1999: Akron police announce they have found Hill's body in the trunk of her gold Geo Prizm parked along Caine Road in Springfield Township. Denny Ross is arrested for the crime.
May 28, 1999: Denny Ross is directly indicted
June 11, 1999: Ross's bond is set at $2 million.
June 15, 1999: Case transferred from Akron Municipal Court to Summit County Common Pleas Court.
June 16, 1999: Ross pleads not guilty to aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping, gross abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence charges. Case assigned to Judge Jane Bond. Ross is sent to the Summit County Jail.
June 21, 1999: Pretrial hearing held. Motion filed by defense to dismiss case for failing to indict in a timely manner and provide preliminary hearing.
July 2, 1999: Motion to preserve evidence samples granted.
July 6, 1999: Ross request for bond reduction denied.
Dec. 20, 1999: Supplemental indictment filed, adding death specification to aggravated murder charge. $2 million cash bond continued.
Dec. 29, 1999: Ross pleads not guilty to supplemental charge
Jan. 13, 2000: Defense attorneys file paperwork requesting change of venue. Judge later denies request.
March 23, 2000: Motion filed by Ross defense attorney to prohibit victim impact statements during trial. Also seeks separate jury for sentencing phase, if needed. Other paperwork requested Ross's statement made on May 27, 1999 be tossed.
April 17, 2000: Affidavit and search warrant unsealed
June 12, 2000: Trial continued to Sept. 28, 2000.
Oct. 2, 2000: Summa-St. Thomas Hospital ordered to provide prosecutor's office copy of Ross medical records and photos dated May 1, 1999-July 1, 1999.
Oct. 10, 2000: Judge denies request to drop death penalty.
Oct. 19, 2000: All jurors to be identified solely via number due to pretrial publicity and their protection.
Oct. 27, 2000: Ross aggravated murder trial begins
Oct. 28, 2000: Defense counsel files motion for mistrial with prejudice or reinstruct jurors. Judge grants mistrial motion on kidnapping count after juror discussed lie detector test. Jury dismissed. Trial rescheduled for Jan. 9, 2001.
Nov. 9, 2000: Motion filed to disqualify Judge Jane Bond.
Aug. 24, 2001: Court reduces Ross's bond from $2 million to $1 million.
2002: Ross's defense team argues in a pretrial motion that double jeopardy prevented him from being retried. Trial court judge rules in Ross's favor and bars retrial on double jeopardy grounds. Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office appeals and Ohio's Ninth District Court of Appeals reversed the trial judge's decision in December.
Sept. 3, 2003: Court denies Ross's motion for acquittal and sets final pretrial for Oct. 15, 2003 and new jury trial for Nov. 17, 2003.
Oct. 10, 2003: Trial continued to March 22, 2004.
Dec. 10, 2003: Court grants Ross acquittal on rape and death specification.
Jan. 27, 2004: Motion to stay proceedings pending appeal in Ninth District Court of Appeals granted.
Sept. 13, 2004: Judge Joseph Cirigliano having been previously appointed as judge recuses himself from further proceedings. Judge Judy Hunter appointed to take over case.
Oct. 25, 2004: Ross is convicted of attempted murder, rape, felonious assault and intimidation in a separate attack on a 32-year-old Akron woman while he was free on bond in the Hill case. Ross is sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Dec. 2004: Ross is admitted to the Trumbull Correctional Institution to serve his sentence for the rape conviction.
Aug. 22, 2005: Federal District Court Judge David Dowd agreed with Ross's double jeopardy argument and again barred a retrial. The prosecutor's office then appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Jan. 25, 2008: The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns
the 2005 ruling by a federal judge, who barred a retrial of Ross based on constitutional protections against double jeopardy. This opened the door for Ross to be tried again in the Hill murder case.
Feb. 26, 2008: Status conference continued to March 18, 2008.
Dec. 28, 2010: The Ohio Supreme Court rules that Denny Ross can be tried again for the 1999 murder of Hannah Hill.
March 15, 2011: Preliminary hearing held in Summit County Common Pleas Court in Judge Judy Hunter's courtroom. Ross waived his right to appear. Judge Hunter grants a prosecution motion to allow various DNA samples to be tested by new forensic technology, methods that weren't available when Ross was first tried in 2000.
July 19, 2011: A retrial date is set for Nov. 28 in Summit County Common Pleas Court.
July 21, 2011: In preparation for the second trial, special prosecutors from the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office filed a new Summit County indictment against Ross, now 32 years old.
Oct. 18, 2011: Trial is rescheduled to March 5, 2012 after both sides agreed there is too much evidence and potential witness testimony to review.
Dec. 28, 2011: Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Judy Hunter rules prosecutors can use numerous witness statements linking Denny Ross to what they have described as the same "behavioral fingerprint" in the 1999 murder of Hannah Hill, and the 2004 attempted murder and rape of another Akron woman. A 10-page decision cites the witness statements as "substantial relevant evidence" to establish Ross's motive in the Hill slaying, in addition to what was termed "his fetish for battering and strangling women during sex, while they are intoxicated."
Feb. 2012: The March 5 retrial of Ross is again bumped back after the prosecution requests 10 samples of forensic evidence. New retrial date moved to July 16.
July 16, 2012: Judge Hunter grants another continuance of the retrial to August 13, but said this will be the last continuance granted.
Aug. 13, 2012: Jury selection for the Ross retrial begins.
Aug. 17, 2012: Jury seated, consists of nine women and three men.
Aug. 20, 2012: Jurors to view two locations before opening statements begin. The jury view will consist of the Ellet neighborhood where Hill's body was found in her trunk and where Ross lived. The locations are three miles apart.