AUSTINTOWN Murder suspect in jail

The suspect didn't resist arrest, police said.
AUSTINTOWN -- The man accused of raping and killing Amber Zurcher was taken into custody today at the Super 8 Motel in Liberty.
Christopher Anderson, 34, of South Main Street, is charged with aggravated murder and aggravated rape. He is in the Mahoning County jail pending arraignment.
Police said he was taken into custody at the Belmont Avenue motel around 2:45 a.m. He didn't resist, police said.
Zurcher, 22, of 1031 Compass West, was found on the living room floor of her apartment by her mother around 3:30 p.m. June 6.
Police Chief Gordon Ellis said Zurcher was strangled by a ligature -- a cord, wire or rope -- during the morning of June 6. An unplugged iron was found near the body. Ellis did not confirm that the iron cord was the weapon.
Young son
Zurcher had a 3-year-old son who was staying with grandparents when the killing occurred.
Police have said there were no signs of a struggle in the apartment.
Ellis said Anderson was among the seven people who came to Zurcher's apartment between 1 and 2 a.m. June 6 from a nearby sports bar. Alcohol was served at the apartment. Police found no evidence of drugs in Zurcher's blood. The get-together ended around 3:30 a.m., police said. Around 4 a.m., one of Zurcher's neighbors heard a scream for help in the apartment building. The neighbor didn't have a phone and didn't call police. Police questioned each person who was at the apartment, including Anderson.

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