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Rape, Murder Defendant Arraigned In Wooster

Story By: Greg Heindel



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  Original Published: 12/27/2013

A Wooster area man indicted in the strangulation death of a nine-year-old girl was arraigned Thursday morning in Wayne County Common Pleas Court.

Jerrod Metsker, 24, is charged with kidnapping, rape, and aggravated murder for the killing of ReAnn Murphy.

Metsker was arraigned by a video link to the county jail, with his court-appointed attorney at his side.

The defendant did not speak as his attorney entered a not guilty plea, reserving the right to change the plea to not guilty by reason of insanity. His bond was continued at $1-million cash.

ReAnn's father Richard Murphy attended the brief proceedings, and said his family is "torn up" over his young daughter's death and no matter what punishment Metsker may receive, it will never bring his daughter back.

The indictment includes two death penalty specifications, and Wayne County Prosecutor Dan Lutz says he intends to seek capital punishment. A trial date has not yet been set.

Metsker was the last person seen with ReAnn at the Smithville trailer park where they were neighbors.

Her body was found December 15 in a trash bin at the park. Metsker reported her missing and was arrested later that day.

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