Police believe he started a fire to cover up the slaying.

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CANTON, Ohio -- The trial begins this month for a northeast Ohio man accused in the 2007 slaying of an 87-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor.

The (Canton) Repository reports (http://bit.ly/1oTLRAx) that 34-year-old Chester R. Crank stands trial in the fatal shooting of Bennie Angelo starting the week of July 21.

Crank was indicted by a grand jury in November. He faces aggravated murder and other charges. Prosecutors have said they aren't seeking the death penalty.

Crank was arrested in late September after police say he admitted to killing Angelo in tape-recorded conversations with an undercover informant.

Police suspect him of using Angelo's handgun to shoot the decorated World War II veteran in the head and chest. Angelo slept with a .32 Colt revolver next to his bed, according to family members.

Investigators believe Angelo's home was set on fire to destroy evidence.

Despite a search effort in Nimishillen Creek, the gun has not been found by authorities.

Crank faces up to a life prison sentence if convicted.

Police believe he started a fire to cover up the slaying.

His defense attorney had challenged the undercover recordings. The newspaper reports a widely displayed poster broke open the case that had remained unsolved for seven years.

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