Serial killer sentenced to death for murder of 11 women
A serial killer will be put to death for murdering 11 women and dumping their bodies around his property in Cleveland, Ohio, a judge ruled yesterday.
Anthony Sowell should die by lethal injection for his crimes, Judge Dick Ambrose ruled, accepting the sentencing recommendation of the jury that convicted Sowell of aggravated murder.
Sowell (51) never looked at victims' relatives as they spoke during the sentencing hearing.
He also ignored the judge when asked if he wanted to speak and never moved when the judge asked him to sign a court document.
His solicitor, John Parker, said Sowell didn't want to speak and signed the sex-offender reporting requirement document for Sowell. Dozens of relatives were in the courtroom.
As the hearing began, deputies passed around boxes of tissues to the relatives and warned against any outburst.
Sowell was seated in court wearing an orange jail jumpsuit, his hands cuffed with waist chains. He was arrested on Halloween 2009, two days after police went to his house on a sexual-assault complaint and began finding bodies.
He went on trial in June and was convicted July 22 on 82 counts -- aggravated murder, kidnapping, corpse abuse and evidence tampering.
Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Pinky Carr has said the case "screamed death penalty." Her prosecution colleague, Richard Bombik, said "if this guy doesn't get the death penalty, nobody should."