- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 14, 2015

KALKASKA, Mich. (AP) - A second trial is getting started for a man accused of raping and killing a northern Michigan woman in 1996.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports (https://bit.ly/1K8vlUC ) testimony is expected in the trial of 37-year-old Jason Ryan of Davison after opening statements Wednesday afternoon.

A judge declared a mistrial last December following two days of deliberations in the first trial.

Ryan was charged with first-degree murder and first-degree criminal sexual conduct in the death of 68-year-old Geraldine Montgomery of Kalkaska. Her body was found in the trunk of her car.

Jamie Peterson was convicted of the crimes in 1998 and sentenced to life without parole. He was released in September 2014 after DNA tests showed he didn’t attack Montgomery.

Prosecutors say the new DNA tests placed Ryan at the crime scene.


Information from: Traverse City Record-Eagle, https://www.record-eagle.com

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