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After 4,065 days in jail, man accused of strangling Austintown woman fights sixth trial

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Christopher Anderson Christopher Anderson
Amber Zurcher Amber Zurcher

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court is now deciding if the suspect in an 11-year-old Austintown murder case can appeal a decision by the lower court.

According to his defense attorney, 45-year-old Christopher Anderson has spent 4,065 days in jail since he was first accused of strangling 22-year old Amber Zurcher with a phone cord in her Austintown apartment in 2002.

Two of Anderson's trials have ended with hung juries, two others ended in mistrials and a conviction in the second trial was overturned.

The prosecution wants to put Anderson on trial for sixth time, but his defense attorney argues it would violate Anderson's constitutional rights to due process and prohibiting double jeopardy.

After hearing arguments today, the state's high court will decide if Anderson has the legal right to appeal the trial court's decision overruling his motion to dismiss the charges against him.

BACKGROUND:

The night before Amber Zurcher's body was found, Christopher Anderson and several other people attended an after-hours party at her apartment.

Anderson and two others left the apartment together in the early morning. When Zurcher didn't pick up her son later that morning, Zurcher's mother went to her apartment and discovered her daughter dead.

Anderson was arrested and indicted for Zurcher's murder.

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