Warren County judge plans pretrial hearing in 1992 slaying case

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — A pretrial hearing is planned in the murder case of an Arizona man arrested last year in a 1992 slaying.

Warren County Common Pleas Judge Donald Oda earlier rescheduled the trial from this month to begin Oct. 31 for Sam Perone. Perone has pleaded not guilty to murder and denies involvement in the death of Richard Woods, a rival Ohio furniture salesman. He remains held on $750,000 bond.

The two sides have been at odds over evidence that can be used at trial. Oda plans to hear pretrial matters Friday.

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 store. Blood was found on a square of carpet in the store.