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Defense wants new trial for Anthony Sowell

2:04 PM, Aug 15, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A document filed in a Cleveland court shows attorneys for a serial killer sentenced to death last week plan to request a new trial, alleging juror misconduct.

A motion filed Friday in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court says the jury forewoman was prejudiced against 51-year-old Anthony Sowell, who was convicted of killing 11 women whose remains were found in his Cleveland home in 2009.

Sowell's attorneys cite comments made by the forewoman after the trial, including her statement that Sowell winked at her at one point during the trial.

Defense attorney Rufus Sims says the motion was filed prematurely and that the defense is working on a replacement.

Sims says the defense has to wait until 14 days after the sentencing before they can request a new trial.

By THOMAS J. SHEERAN Associated Press

The Associated Press

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