- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) - A federal judge in Pennsylvania has upheld a ruling allowing prosecutors to seek the death penalty when they retry a man who was convicted of the 2004 death of a woman whose body was found in a state park.

The (Altoona) Mirror reported (https://bit.ly/25X2nIt) Wednesday that the federal judge rejected the defense argument that a federal magistrate and state courts had wrongly ruled against Paul Aaron Ross on the death penalty issue.

Ross is charged in the 2004 death of 26-year-old Tina Miller. Her body was found partially submerged and bound with duct tape at Canoe Creek State Park in Hollidaysburg.

He was convicted at his first trial and the state judge sentenced him to life in prison. But the Pennsylvania Superior Court in 2011 ordered a retrial.

Ross’ death penalty attorney, Thomas Hooper, wasn’t immediately available for comment.

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

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