The murder re-trial of Denny Ross for the 1999 murder of Hannah Hill resumed Wednesday in Summit County Court. On the witness stand for the entire day was Hill's boyfriend Brad O'Born.
NewsChannel 5 in its daily blog from the courtroom reported O'Born testified that police took a letter from his house after Hannah Hill’s body was found on May 26, 1999. The letter said he didn't want to lose Hannah and that he loved her. "I was trying to save our relationship,” explains O’Born. He also apologized for his behavior in the note.
O’Born said when he found out Denny Ross was arrested in connection with Hannah’s murder he and some friends grabbed some guns and went to Ross's house to “get revenge.” He never stopped because police cars were at the Canton Road apartment.
Instead, they went home and smoked marijuana. O’Born says he doesn't remember what they did with the guns.
O'Born testified that at some point, he began living at the Canton Road apartment of Denny Ross under the condition he pay rent or give drugs as a payment. “There was never any food in the fridge,” O'Born says. At the time, Ross was just someone to “get high with,” explains O'Born. He says Hill came over to the apartment on a somewhat regular basis to party.
Jurors also saw pages out of Hannah Hill's journal where she wrote about fights with O'Born, going to Denny's house and how much she was hurt by O'Born reading her journal. O'Born doesn't recollect reading it.
O'Born says he was abusive to Hannah while he lived at Denny Ross's apartment, but he can't say if Ross saw the abuse. O'Born says he would kick Hill but never hit her."
O'Born told Ross's defense attorneys that Hannah would take pills he sold, including a muscle relaxer and that he's the reason Hill began using drugs.
Ross's attorneys have been trying to paint Brad O'Born as being the prime suspect in Hannah Hills murder.