Trial set to begin for Harford County man accused of murder

The trial of a Harford County man accused in the disappearance and killing of a 16-year-old girl from the city is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Circuit Court.

Jason M. Gross, 36, of Edgewood, was arrested in April, 2010 and charged with first-degree murder, about 13 months after Rochelle Battle was reported to have vanished after leaving her home in the 2800 block of Boardman Avenue, in northwest Baltimore's Arlington neighborhood. Battle has never been found.

When Gross was arrested, Baltimore County Police released a statement saying their investigation showed Battle may have been on an MTA bus near Eastern Avenue near North Point and Essex. The Baltimore County State's Attorney's Office presented the case to a grand jury, which indicted Gross on April 14, 2010.

The case is scheduled to be tried before Judge Kathleen Cox.

An earlier version of this article misstated the county in which the defendant lives. The Baltimore Sun regrets the error.

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