Ohio man indicted for rape and murder of girl, 9

SMITHVILLE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say an Ohio man has been indicted by a grand jury for raping and then strangling a 9-year-old girl before dumping her body in a trash bin at the trailer park where they lived.

Officials in Wayne County say that the grand jury returned an indictment on Friday against 24-year-old Jerrod Metsker in the death last Saturday of 9-year-old Reann Murphy. The grand jury charged him with two counts of aggravated murder, three counts of kidnapping and two counts of rape.

Authorities say the death penalty would be available as punishment if Metsker is convicted of murder.

Authorities say Metsker was the last person seen with Reann at the trailer park in Smithville, southwest of Akron. He is being held on $1 million bond.

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