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Danny Lee Hill denied new trial

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WARREN, Ohio -

A judge has denied a new trial for the man sentenced to death for torturing, raping and murdering a Warren Boy Scout more than 30 years ago.

On Monday, visiting Judge Patricia Cosgrove rejected Danny Lee Hill's request for a new trial.

Hill has been on Death Row since his conviction for the 1985 murder of Raymond Fife, who’s mutilated, near lifeless body was found in a Warren field by his father.

Fife later succumbed to his injuries.

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

Hill's public defender argued that the most recent forensic research concluded that bite-mark analysis could not be scientifically validated.

Prosecutors, lobbied against a new trial, arguing that even if a defense expert would testify that human bite marks were not found on Raymond Fife's body, there is other evidence that Hill or his convicted accomplice Timothy Combs raped the little boy.

In her decision, Judge Cosgrove cited trial evidence that a passerby could hear Fife continuously screaming for twenty to thirty seconds before seeing Combs on the path were Fife was attacked. The judge points out that Hill admitted being at the scene while the crime was being committed and did not go and get help.

Judge Cosgrove concluded that the evidence does not create a strong possibility that the outcome of Hill's case would be any different if a new trial were granted.

The judge found no cause to delay Hill's execution, but noted that her ruling may still be appealed.   

Miriam Fife tells 21 News "I just love the ruling because it's another ruling for side, which says all our people have been doing a great job on this case from the get go."

Hill has filed a second and final motion with the 6th circuit appeals court in Cincinnati in regards to his intellect at the time of the attack. These claims have since been denied once before, but will be heard once again in November. 

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