Jury unable to reach verdict in Zimbeck murder trial

Walter Zimbeck

A mistrial has been declared in the case of a former Maumee man charged with murdering his teenage ex-girlfriend in 1985.

Just before noon Friday, the jury informed the judge they could not agree on whether to convict or acquit Walter Zimbeck of murder. The judge then declared a mistrial and sent the jury home.

Zimbeck was indicted in 2009 on charges he kidnapped and then murdered 14-year-old Lori Ann Hill.

The defense maintained prosecutors didn't have any physical evidence connecting Zimbeck to the murder. The prosecution claimed Zimbeck was distraught over their recent break up.

Zimbeck could have received 15 years to life in prison if he was convicted.