Ohio judge sets trial for Arizona man in 1992 slaying case

Richard Woods found murdered in November 1992. (Photo/WLWT)
Richard Woods found murdered in November 1992. (Photo/WLWT)

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio judge has scheduled trial to begin at the start of the new year for an Arizona man charged in the 23-year-old slaying of a competing furniture salesman.

Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda set trial for January 2016, with a status conference Nov. 24 to check whether both sides will be ready.

Sam Perone pleaded not guilty to a murder count after being brought back to Ohio earlier this month following his arrest at his Phoenix home. Warren County authorities believe he fatally shot 41-year-old Columbus-area furniture salesman Richard Woods at Perone’s Lebanon furniture store.

They say new forensic techniques and witnesses that came forward helped them break the case.

Perone’s attorney says he continues to steadfastly deny involvement in Woods’ death.

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