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Man indicted in the death of 9-year-old Reann Murphy

Story By: Brigitte Coles



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  Original Published: 12/23/2013

A Wayne County man charged in the brutal murder of his neighbor has been indicted on charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape.

Jerrod Metsker, 24, was indicted Friday by a grand jury in the death of Reann Murphy, 9. Metsker was indicted on two counts of aggravated murder, three counts of kidnapping and two counts of rape, all with specifications. Metsker could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges.

Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Lutz and Wayne County Sheriff Travis Hutchinson released a joint press release regarding the grand jury indictment.

The indictment states that Metsker purposely caused the death of Reann, who was under the age of 13, he committed the offense with a sexual motivation; while kidnapping, or attempting to kidnap her; while committing, or attempting to commit, rape; that offense was committed while the offender was committing or attempting to commit or fleeing immediately after committing or attempting to commit rape.

Reann was reported missing on Dec. 14 just after 8:30 p.m. Reann was last seen playing with Metsker in the courtyard of the trailer park where they both lived at 5912 Akron Road.

Sheriff's deputies along with firefighters and volunteers searched for Reann. Her body was found on Dec. 15 at 1:35 a.m. in a trash bin at the trailer park.

A celebration of life service was held Saturday the weekend for Reann at Smithville Brethren Church.

Metsker remains in the Wayne County Jail on a $1 million bond.

A preliminary hearing set for Monday was canceled after the indictment was released.

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