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23-year cold case suspect awaiting day in court

Posted at 11:59 PM, Oct 13, 2015

LEBANON, Ohio — After 23 years, the suspect in a formerly cold homicide case out of Warren County is back in Ohio, awaiting his day in court.

Warren County deputies announced last week that they had issued an arrest warrant for 67-year-old Sam Perone in the death 1992 death of Richard Woods.

Perone was living in Phoenix when the warrant was issued. Warren County deputies — with the assistance of the Phoenix Police Department and Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office — arrested Perone at his home in Phoenix on October 8, 23 years to the day after deputies discovered Woods’ body in a ravine about 1.5 miles away from an Interstate 71 rest area.

Now, Perone is facing a murder charge. A Warren County judge will arraign Perone in court Wednesday morning.

On the eve of Perone’s court appearance, Woods’ widow said she misses her husband but is beginning to feel a sense of peace after more than two decades.

WATCH in the viewer above as Woods’ widow speaks with 9 On Your Side’s Ashley Zilka about what Perone’s arrest means to her family.