Ohio man who attacked woman argues case should be thrown away due to delay

Man left woman for dead, claims trial delay should lead to dismissal of case

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A man arrested 26 years after an attack on a woman left for dead says the state took too long to charge him and his conviction should be thrown out in a case that's before the Ohio Supreme Court Thursday.

Ralph Bortree was arrested in 2019 and charged with attempted aggravated murder in the 1993 killing of a 19-year-old woman, who was abducted, raped and left for dead.

Authorities arrested Bortree using genetic technology that traced DNA found at the scene.

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Ohio man who left a woman for dead claims trial should be dismissed due to 26 year gap.

Ohio man who left a woman for dead claims trial should be dismissed due to 26 year gap.

The statute of limitations for rape and kidnapping expired after six years. But prosecutors said Ohio law still allowed Bortree to be charged with attempted aggravated murder. Bortree was convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison.

Attorneys for Bortree argued state law doesn’t define a limit for attempted aggravated murder and therefore the statute of limitations on that charge had also expired.

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