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Prosecutor: Danny Lee Hill will always remain guilty

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WARREN, Ohio -

In a strongly worded legal motion, Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins is asking a judge to throw out Danny Lee Hill's request for a new trial.

Hill has been on death row for more than thirty years for the torture, rape and murder of 12-year-old Warren Boy Scout Raymond Fife in 1985.

Visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove has agreed to hear arguments from Hill's attorneys who claim that new evidence was discovered that they say would impact Hill's right to a fair trial.

Defense attorneys argue that there are more modern forensic methods to analyze bite marks found on the victim's body that were not available during the original trial.

The motion authored by Watkins and Assistant Prosecutor LuWayne Annos, argues that Hill's attorneys have provided no proof that production of the bite mark evidence was unavoidably prevented in a more timely matter.

In addition, the prosecutors argue that the defense is attempting to reintroduce previously discredited arguments such as claims by Hill that someone else committed the crimes besides him and Timothy Combs, who is serving a life sentence for the murder.

Watkins and Annos conclude in their motion about Hill, “He is no innocent man. The record and the facts show he will always remain guilty.”

The prosecutors are asking Judge Cosgrove to cancel next week's hearing she has scheduled to listen to arguments on Hill's motion, and instead hear the prosecution's reasons for why the motion for a new trial should be dismissed.

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Danny Lee Hill wants new trial 30 years after murder of Warren boy scout

The prosecution's motion may be viewed here. Caution: the text contains graphic descriptions.

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