Next phase of Anthony Sowell trial starts Aug. 1

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CLEVELAND -- Defense lawyers will try to save convicted killer Anthony Sowell from a lethal injection in the next phase of his trial.

Beginning Monday, the defense will present witnesses in the "migation" phase, trying to convince the court that Sowell should not be put to death.

Late Monday, the court added two more names to the 132 names already listed as possible witnesses in the trial.

They are Diana Goldstein, director of neuropsychology for the Isaac Ray Forensic Group, and Dr. James L. Knoll IV, director of forensic psychiatry at SUNY Upstate Medical University.

During the first phase of the trial, 62 of the 132 witnesses listed were called to testify.

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Sowell, 51, was found guilty Friday on 82 of 83 counts against him, counts that included rape, kidnapping and aggravated murder. The aggravated murder counts included the death penalty specification.'

Sowell was charged after 11 bodies were found in and around his Imperial Avenue home Oct. 29, 2009 through Nov. 3, 2009.

Sowell's trial began June 6 with nearly three weeks of jury selection. The mitigation phase is expected to take about four or five days.


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