Lucas County Grand Jury indicts suspect in 1976 cold case murder - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Lucas County Grand Jury indicts suspect in 1976 cold case murder

Posted: Updated:

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.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Dry but not drought

    Dry but not drought

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:12:50 GMT
    Dry and cool don't usually go hand in hand but that's how our summer is playing out.
    Dry and cool don't usually go hand in hand but that's how our summer is playing out.
  • Breaking News

    Deputies involved in standoff with man in Temperance

    Deputies involved in standoff with man in Temperance

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:07:27 GMT
    Monroe county sheriff's deputies are involved in a standoff with a man in Temperance, Michigan. It's happening off of Stoneybrook Lane near Jackman and Dean.
    Monroe county sheriff's deputies are involved in a standoff with a man in Temperance, Michigan. It's happening off of Stoneybrook Lane near Jackman and Dean.
  • Southwyck's future depends on next 120 days

    Southwyck's future depends on next 120 days

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:29:08 GMT
    Weed cutting crews are sprucing up the vacant property where Southwyck Mall once stood, making the site look good to potential buyers.
    Weed cutting crews are sprucing up the vacant property where Southwyck Mall once stood, making the site look good to potential buyers.
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Breaking News

    Deputies involved in standoff with man in Temperance

    Deputies involved in standoff with man in Temperance

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:07:27 GMT
    Monroe county sheriff's deputies are involved in a standoff with a man in Temperance, Michigan. It's happening off of Stoneybrook Lane near Jackman and Dean.
    Monroe county sheriff's deputies are involved in a standoff with a man in Temperance, Michigan. It's happening off of Stoneybrook Lane near Jackman and Dean.
  • Southwyck's future depends on next 120 days

    Southwyck's future depends on next 120 days

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:29:08 GMT
    Weed cutting crews are sprucing up the vacant property where Southwyck Mall once stood, making the site look good to potential buyers.
    Weed cutting crews are sprucing up the vacant property where Southwyck Mall once stood, making the site look good to potential buyers.
  • Dry but not drought

    Dry but not drought

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:12:50 GMT
    Dry and cool don't usually go hand in hand but that's how our summer is playing out.
    Dry and cool don't usually go hand in hand but that's how our summer is playing out.

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!