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Another delay in Anderson trial

Published: Mon, August 10, 2009 @ 5:10 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A man accused of murder has been waiting on a final jury verdict for seven years — and he is going to have to wait a little longer.

Christopher Anderson, 41, of South Main Street, Austintown, was set to go on trial before Judge James C. Evans, Mahoning County Common Pleas Court, for the 2002 murder of 22-year-old Amber Zurcher, but a motion from his attorney John B. Juhasz has pushed the trial date back to Nov. 30.

Monday’s trial would have been the third trial for Anderson in the Zurcher murder. He had been convicted of the murder in 2003 and sentenced to 15 years to life in prison, but that decision was overturned on appeal in 2006.


1diamondwendy(7 comments)posted 6 years, 1 month ago

This will be trial number 4. The first was a mistrial, the second was overturned on appeal and the 3rd was a "hung jury". The prosecution can try this case until the end of time at the taxpayers money. Whereas, Chris & his family continue to pay for his defense. My heart aches for Amber's family, no one should lose a child, let alone in a murderous way. However, Chris has been in prison for 7 years for a crime he did not commit. The police totally messed up the investigation and admitted to it at trial. The evidence that could clear Chris and actually find the right person guilty was never obtained. So to make it seem as if someone is paying for the murder of Amber, (since the evidence and crime scene was never properly investigated) the prosecution will continue to look to Chris as the guilty party. After all, they couldn't possibly let him out. Who would pay for Amber's death? So instead of one mother losing her child in this, there are two. Amber's mom and Chris's mom. Amber had a child and so does Chris. His life is ruined. Yes I know that Amber's life is over, but is it fair to wrongfully incarcerate Chris and take away his life. He is an innocent man. I pray daily that at some point in all of this he will be a free man. I also pray, along with that very same prayer, that Amber's family is able to somehow find peace and comfort and the real guilty person in the death of their beautiful girl.

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2pineapple1(14 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

If Chris was not guilty he would have had a solid alibi by now. He's had 8 years to come up with one. Maybe Amber's murderer is with (or is) the "real killer" who killed OJ's wife. A mistrial does not equal innocence. An overturn on appeal does not equal innocence. All that means is that you have a REALLY good lawyer. A hung jury could mean that there were people on that jury that could not pass a simple math test. There are no requirements on your IQ before you can serve on a jury (all you need is a license to drive a car, and how many idiots drive a car)? Chris may not remember his crime in his alcohol & drug induced state of mind, but, the evidence will prove it. He was a possible serial killer in the making, and, thank God he was stopped before he could do it again. My thoughts and prayers are for Amber and for Chris's parents. Amber didn't ask to be murdered and Chris's parents did not ask to raise a murderer.

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3bratmomof3(2 comments)posted 4 years, 5 months ago

Ps To my previous comment about "ppl stating "FACTS"...INDIGENT" means Chris or HIS family didnt DIRECTLY pay for his defense...YET AGAIN you guessed it THE TAXPAYER! AND His Appea; of 2006 was originally based on "claims of ineffective assistance of counsel" AND thats a DIRECT quote from page ONE of the ACTUAL MOTION!!!!
SECONDLY.....LETS SHOW SOME RESPECT to the FACT that it was AMBERS OWN MOTHER THAT FOUND HER NAKED LIFELESS BODY ==DEAD! What parent should EVER face finding their child AT ANY age like that??? Ive lost a child BUT to actually discover her after a BRUTAL SENSELESS MURDER!
LASTLY, Baby Mama...IN a motel NOT REGISTERED in HIS NAME AND HID for TWO DAYS AFTER STATING he would submitt to photo of "scratches and DNA.....INTERESTING?????? NOT TO SOME!

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