Jury view, opening statements in Denny Ross retrial in 1999 Hannah Hill murder case begin Monday

AKRON, Ohio - The retrial of Denny Ross in the 1999 murder case of Hannah Hill begins Monday in Akron with a jury view and opening statements.

The jury, which was seated Friday and consists of nine women and three men, will travel to a pair of locations Monday morning: where Hill's body was found in her car on Caine Road in Ellet, and the apartment where Ross lived on Canton Road.

The destinations are three miles apart.

The high profile murder case of Ross alleges the now 33-year-old strangled Hill in May of 1999.

Ross, who is charged with murder, felonious assault and abuse of corpse, was originally tried for the crimes in 2000, but the proceedings ended in a mistrial.

This time around, Ross will not face the death penalty.

Hill, who was 18 when she was murdered, was found stuffed in the trunk of her gold Geo Prizm on May 26, 1999 on Caine Road. Police said she had been raped, beaten and strangled. They also said she and Ross were friends and together the night she was reported missing, May 19, 1999.

While out on bond in the Hill case, Ross was convicted of raping an Akron woman and is currently serving a 25-year sentence for the attack.

Over the years, Ross has maintained his innocence in the Hill murder. But prosecutors said they have DNA evidence that wasn't available at the 2000 trial, including samples from Hill's fingernails and the trunk liner of her car, that will prove otherwise.

Each side plans to call 150 witnesses over the course of the retrial, which is expected to last between six and eight weeks.

Court begins at 9 a.m. Monday, at which point newsnet5.com will begin a live blog of the day's events and proceedings, along with photos from the jury view.

You can also see a timeline of events for the case, watch videos and learn more about who Denny Ross is and who Hannah Hill was by following this link to our special section dedicated to the retrial coverage: www.newsnet5.com/dennyross.

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