- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - An attorney for a man accused of having killed a woman in central Pennsylvania in more than a decade ago is asking a federal court to bar the death penalty in his retrial.

Forty-three-year-old Paul Aaron Ross is charged in the death of 26-year-old Tina Miller, whose body was found at Canoe Creek State Park in Hollidaysburg in 2004.

Ross won a retrial after an appeals court said his attorney hadn’t had enough time to fully prepare a defense.

The Altoona Mirror (https://bit.ly/1qRpjGw ) reports that defense attorney Thomas Hooper argues that Ross shouldn’t have to face the death penalty because the jury in his first trial refused to impose the sentence.

Hooper says forcing Ross to face the death penalty again would violate his constitutional protection against double jeopardy.



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Information from: Altoona Mirror, https://www.altoonamirror.com

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