Archbold, OH

Second Trial In Murder Case Is Sept. 17

Scott Haselman, Fulton County prosecuting attorney, said there will be a second trial of Walter Zimbeck, 45, Strawberry Plains, Tenn.

Zimbeck has been charged in the death of Lori Ann Hill. The body of the 14-year-old Swanton girl was found in October 1985.

The first trial of Zimbeck began June 18, and ended in a mistrial Friday, July 6. The jury indicated it was hopelessly deadlocked after 11 hours of deliberation.

Haselman said in an email message to this newspaper that he decided to proceed with a second prosecution of Zimbeck last week (July 8-14), prior to a Friday, July 13 pre-trial conference.

“I informed the court and defense counsel of that decision at Friday’s pre-trial conference, and we were given a trial date of Sept. 17,” he said.

The original investigation failed to produce any charges, but in 2008, cold-case investigators from the Toledo- Lucas County cold case unit focused on Zimbeck, who lived in Maumee at the time of the murder.

He was indicted in 2009 by a Fulton County grand jury. Charges against him were thrown out, but then reinstated by the court of appeals.

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