No Body, No Problem for Baltimore County Prosecutors

October 21, 2011

For the second time in two years, Baltimore County prosecutors have successfully convicted a man of murder despite not finding the body of the victim.

The state’s attorney, Scott D. Shellenberger, said a jury on Thursday convicted Jason Gross, 36, of second degree murder. Gross killed 16-year-old Rochelle Battle around March 2009 in Essex. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

Gross had been charged in the death about 13 months after Battle disappeared after leaving her house in northwest Baltimore County. She was last seen on an MTA bus in the North Point area; police at one time searched a trash facility but found nothing.

Last year, county prosecutors convicted Dennis J. Tetso, 45, of killing Tracey Leigh Gardner, his wife, who had vanished on her way to a concert to join a man with whom she was allegedly having an affair. He was sentenced to 18 years in prison. The victims body has not been found.

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