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Neighbor to be arraigned for rape, murder of 9-year-old girl left in trash bin

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Jerrod Metsker, the 24-year-old resident from a Smithville, Ohio mobile home park suspected of violently murdering his family friend and neighbor, nine-year-old Reann Murphy, and then leaving her violated body in a trash bin not far from his trailer, will be in court on Dec. 26.

Little information was released early on regarding the specifics of Reann’s murder, except to say that she died “violently,” according to USA Today.

Prosecutors in Wayne Co. will be overseeing Metsker’s arraignment today on charges of aggravated murder, kidnapping and rape. Reann Murphy was also allegedly strangled to death by the one-time family friend.

Little Reann was last seen alive playing outside her family home around 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 13 in Metsker’s company, making him the last one to see the nine-year-old alive.

Afterwards, when the neighborhood was frantically searching for the missing child, Metsker was the one to make the 911 call saying that she was missing.

At approximately 1:35 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15, police found Reann’s lifeless body in a trash dumpster near her home, according to ABC News. Reann’s death was immediately ruled a homicide.

If found guilty of Reann’s murder, Metsker could receive the death penalty.

For more on the brutal and tragic murder of Reann Murphy, and Jerrod Metsker’s arrest, see the video accompanying this article.

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