Ohio judge declares mistrial in 1985 cold case

WAUSEON, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio judge has declared a mistrial in the case of a Tennessee man charged with the fatal beating of a 14-year-old girl in northwest Ohio in 1985.

Acting Judge Sumner Walters issued the ruling Friday after a jury in Fulton County Common Pleas Court said they could not reach a verdict for 45-year-old Walter Zimbeck of Strawberry Plains, Tenn.

Zimbeck was 18 when the body of his former girlfriend, Lori Ann Hill, was found after a party near Toledo. Zimbeck was charged with aggravated murder and murder in 2009 after a detective looked into the cold case.

Walters declared a mistrial on the murder charge. He had dismissed the aggravated murder charge earlier in the week.

Messages left for Zimbeck's attorneys were not immediately returned Friday.

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