Mon. 5:20 p.m.: Danny Lee Hill appeal denied
WARREN – An appeals court upheld the trial court’s refusal to grant Danny Lee Hill a new trial based on the possibility the bite-mark science used to describe evidence used in his trial was unreliable, according to court documents.
The 11th District Court of Appeals issued the ruling Monday supporting the 2016 ruling out of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court.
Judge Patricia A. Cosgrove ruled that even though she had serious concerns about the scientific reliability of bite mark evidence, the other evidence against the defendant was “more than sufficient to support Hill’s conviction on aggravated murder and three death penalty specifications.”
The court of appeals affirmed her ruling.
In January 1986, Hill was convicted by the three-judge panel and later sentenced to death for his part in the Sept. 10, 1985, torture, rape and brutal attack on 12-year-old Raymond Fife, who later died from his injuries.
Hill’s co-defendant, Timothy Combs, was 17 at the time of the killing and not eligible for the death penalty. Combs was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted by a jury in Portage County. He died last month in prison.
Read more in Tuesday’s Tribune Chronicle.