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Murder Trial For Franklin-Area Man Set For March 10

January 6, 2014

A Mercer County judge has ordered a Franklin-area man who is charged with killing his brother-in-law to face trial beginning March 10.

45 year-old Ralph Young is charged with first and third-degree murder, arson and the abuse of a corpse in the death of 58 year-old David Dignall, from the Cochranton area.  Dignall’s partially-burned body was found on the ground outside his minivan along Hollobaugh Road in Crawford County’s French Creek Township on December 20, 2012.  An autopsy revealed the victim died from a shotgun blast to the back.  Prosecutors claim Young shot Dignall and set his body on fire.

Police believe the motive for Young’s alleged actions stemmed from a dispute over property rights.

Young has been jailed since May 13.  Last month, Judge Christopher St. John ruled against freeing Young pending his trial.

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