Suspect in 9-Year-Old’s Murder Arraigned

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WOOSTER, Ohio -- The man accused of killing a 9-year-old Wayne County girl was arraigned on new charges Thursday.

Jerrod Metsker, 24, of Smithville, was charged with two counts of aggravated murder, three counts of kidnapping and two counts of rape, all with specifications, in the death of Reann Murphy.

He pleaded not guilty and his bond was continued at $1 million.

Murphy, also of Smithville, was found in a dumpster on Dec. 15 on the property of her mobile home community.  Metsker was arrested later that day.

The Wayne County coroner determined Murphy died of strangulation.

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