Ohio prosecutors: Delay Anthony Sowell's rape trial

3:07 PM, Sep 8, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND - Prosecutors in Ohio say they want to delay the rape-kidnapping trial of a convicted serial killer to avoid jeopardizing last month's death penalty verdict against him.

Both sides met with the judge Thursday on the case against Anthony Sowell, 52, in Cleveland.

He was sentenced to death last month for killing 11 women and dumping their bodies around his house and property.

Prosecutors have asked the judge to delay Monday's rape-kidnapping trial while Sowell appeals his murder conviction to avoid jeopardizing the death penalty verdict.

The defense attorney says the case is still set for Monday.

Sowell has pleaded not guilty to kidnapping and raping one woman and kidnapping and assaulting a second. Both testified at his murder trial, and jurors said that was a key factor in convicting him.

The Associated Press

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