Appeals Court To Mull Death Penalty In '05 Retrial

Appeals Court To Mull Death Penalty In '05 Retrial

An appeals court hears arguments later this month on whether a man can face the death penalty in his retrial in the murder of a woman whose body was found in a central Pennsylvania park a decade ago.

Forty-two-year-old Paul Aaron Ross is charged in Blair County in the June 2004 murder of 26-year-old Tina Miller, whose body was found partially submerged and bound with duct tape at Canoe Creek State Park.

The Altoona Mirror reports that a Superior Court panel hears defense arguments Feb. 25 that jurors couldn't agree in 2005 whether Ross deserved execution, so prosecutors should be barred from seeking that.

Ross was granted a new trial after his attorney argued that he didn't have enough time to prepare his defense for the first trial.