A Summit County jury found Denny Ross guilty of all five counts in his murder retrial Friday, in the death of then-18 year old Hannah Hill in 1999.
Judge Judy Hunter read the jury's decision in Summit County Common Pleas Court after nearly four days of deliberations.
It was a tearful, emotional response from the family of murder victim 18 year-old Hannah Hill, who was killed in 1999.
Hannah's mother, Kimberly Hill, was crying tears of joy over the guilty verdicts...and thanking God...
Jennifer Tittle, Ross's rape victim after Hannah Hill was murdered, called Ross "a monster", and "evil" as she held back tears herself.
"They waited so long for justice," Tittle told reporters after the verdict, talking about Hill's family. "Nobody ever gave up on her...family, her grandma, her friends, none of them. This was exactly what we've waited for. It was perfect."
Special prosecutor Anna Faraglia is from Cuyahoga County and has been in Summit County working on the Ross case. She brought up an earlier plea deal that Denny Ross had rejected.
"Mr. Ross thought it was insulting that we tried to offer him a plea," Faraglia said. "So now, come sentencing, we'll see how insulted the state was."
Denny Ross' father, Alan, questioned the verdict, based on what was presented in the trial.
"The judge gave them the latitude to bring in other witnesses that had nothing to do with the case," Alan Ross told reporters. "The jury did what the jury did, they made the decision based on what they heard, and who am I to argue with them?"
Denny Ross' father said he's definitely on board for an appeal.
"Do I think there'll be a Round 3?," Alan Ross responded to reporters, "you can bank on it."
Defense attorney Roger Synenberg says he's already preparing an appeal, and he thinks he has grounds
"There are some significant issues in there, we think," Synenberg explained. "But again, I'm not taking away from the work that the jury did in this case. They put a lot of time into it, and particularly after talking to them, it's clear that they anguished over this and had a hard time coming to the decision that they came to."
Sentencing will take next in Judge Judy Hunter's courtroom Tuesday at 3 PM.
Ross could face "multiple" life sentences tacked onto the 25 year prison sentence he's already serving for rape.
(Previous ANN coverage) The jury hearing the re-trial of Denny Ross has found him guilty on two counts of murder; one count of tampering with evidence; one count of felonious assault and one count of gross abuse of a corpse stemming from the 1999 murder of Hannah Hill.
Her body was found in the trunk of her car after a week of searching by friends and family. Prosecutors charged Ross strangled Hill and then tried to cover the crime. His first trial took many twists and turns and ended in a mistrial when then-Common Pleas Judge Jane Bond ruled jurors had considered evidence not presented at trial. The jury reportedly was close to acquitting Ross on the charges.
Judge Judy Hunter heard the re-trial case against Ross.
Ross is currently behind bars serving a 25-year prison sentence for the rape and beating of another woman. She was among those testifying against him in the re-trial.