Convicted Murderer Could Get New Trial

Convicted Murderer Could Get New Trial

A convicted murderer could get a new trial, but it would be over the objections of the District Attorney.
HOLLIDAYSBURG, BLAIR COUNTY - A convicted murderer could get a new trial, but it would be over the objections of the District Attorney.

Paul Aaron Ross was found guilty in 2005 for killing 26 year old Tina Miller of Hollidaysburg, blair county. Miller was raped and tortured. She suffered serious sexually-related injuries.

The decision to grant Ross that new trial has gone back and forth and right now he's it looks like he'll get it. The Blair County District Attorney was finishing up his paperwork Tuesday to ask the Superior Court to change their minds and not grant Ross a new trial. DA Rich Consiglio says there was nothing wrong with Ross' first trial.

Defense Attorney Tom Dickey was granted a retrial after he argued before the State Superior Court that he didn't have the time to gather witnesses and evidence to dispute the prosecution. He believes just getting the new trial shows there were problems with the first one.

But Consiglio says he's sending the court proof that Dickey had the time he needed, and that the original verdict should stand.

While both lawyers are waiting for the superior court ruling, which could take months, they're both preparing to go back to trial. Dickey said maybe he will be found guilty again, but he hopes that he will have the opportunity to defend his as best as he can. Consiglio said the evidence was strong enough to convict him the first time, and he believes it will be again.
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