Judge: Anthony Sowell will not get a new trial

3:41 PM, Aug 30, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose ruled Tuesday afternoon that convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell will not get a new trial.

Attorneys for Sowell, who left the remains of 11 women in and around his Imperial Avenue home, asked for a new trial because of comments made by the jury forewoman.

After the trial was over, she told reporters that, after jurors recommended the death penalty, that Sowell winked at her in what she believed was an attempt to win favorable treatment.

Lawyers for the Sowell, 52, argued that the juror may have developed a bias against the suspect even before testimony began.

Ambrose accepted the jury's recommendation earlier this month and sentenced Sowell to die on Oct. 29, 2012.

The 11 victims' remains began to be found one by one at Sowell's Imperial Avenue home starting on Oct. 29, 2009.

The conviction and death sentence are automatically appealed to the state Supreme Court.


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