Charges filed in 38-year-old Toledo murder, Suspect already a convicted killer

A Feb. 5, 1976 Toledo Blade article included a picture of the victim, Rebecca Gerst.

A man already convicted of and serving time for a 1989 murder was charged Tuesday with another, unrelated, homicide from 1976.

57-year-old Martin Woods, who is jailed at the North Central Correctional Facility in Marion for the 1989 murder, has been indicted by a Lucas County Grand Jury for the 1976 murder of 20-year-old Rebecca Gerst.

Gerst's body was found Feb. 4, 1976 at her Parkwood apartment in central Toledo where she lived alone.

According to a Toledo Blade article, dated the day after Gerst's body was found, the 20-year-old had planned to move back into her family's Temperance home the following week.

An autopsy was able to determine that Gerst died after she bled to death from a cut to her neck.

After her murder, witnesses did come forward to report hearing a disturbance in Gerst's apartment around 1 a.m. on the day her body was found.

The witnesses, a couple living in an adjacent apartment, also said they'd heard someone running down the stairs around the same time.

Gerst was a Bedford High School graduate and had only living in the apartment for about 6 months before her murder.

Toledo Police say they worked with the Lucas County Prosecutor's Cold Case Unit and used resources and the assistance of the Lucas County Coroner's Office, State of Ohio Bureau of Criminal Intelligence & Investigation and Marion County Prosecutor's office during their investigation.