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Lucas County Grand Jury indicts suspect in 1976 cold case murder

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Late Tuesday afternoon, the Lucas County Grand Jury indicted Martin Woods, 57, on one count of murder in the 1976 killing of Rebecca Gerst, 20.  According to Toledo Police, Gerst was found murdered at 2274 Parkwood #4 on February 4, 1976.

Witnesses described hearing a disturbance in Gerst's apartment on the morning of her death.  According to police documents, witnesses heard someone running down the stairs.

Later in the day, the victim's body was found.  Authorities say Gerst had a laceration on her neck.  The Lucas County coroner's office ruled Gerst's death as a homicide.

Woods is serving time at the North Central Correctional Facility in Marion, Ohio.  He's charged with a separate murder from April, 1989.

Toledo police say Woods is also charged in the murder of Jennifer Stewart, 26.

According to Toledo Blade archives, Stewart's body was found by firefighters in a Toledo apartment building on 13th St. in April of 1989.

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