Ohio judge hears arguments on wiretaps in 1992 slaying probe

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A southwest Ohio judge will rule later on whether wiretaps can be used as evidence in the murder trial of an Arizona man arrested last year in a 1992 slaying.

Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda (OH’-duh) also has been asked by defense attorneys to exclude DNA tests from the trial scheduled June 20 for Sam Perone (pir-OHWN’-ee). Another pretrial hearing is planned in early June after Tuesday’s arguments on evidence issues.

Perone has pleaded not guilty to murder and denies involvement in the death of Richard Woods, a rival Ohio furniture salesman.

The body of the 41-year-old Dublin, Ohio, man was found with gunshot wounds to the head in a ravine near Perone’s Lebanon (LEB’-uh-nun) store. Blood was found on a square of carpet in the store.

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