Court: Anthony Sowell execution date put on hold

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COLUMBUS -- On Monday, the Ohio Supreme Court has stayed the Oct. 29 execution of convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell.

The court granted Sowell's appeal for a stay of execution scheduled for October 29, 2012 pending final disposition of this appeal of his conviction. Sowell, 52, is being held in the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown.

The judge picked the date as the third anniversary of Oct. 29, 2009, the day the first body was found. Sowell had been killing women for two and a half years.

Sowell was represented by attorney Rufus Sims during the trial. He is not respresenting him in his appeal. 

On Nov. 10, Sowell and his attorneys Jeffry Kelleher and Thomas rein filed the appeal, based on questions of law and fact, to the Supreme Court of Ohio from the judgment and sentence of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.

Read the appeal in the related links

On July 22, the jury found Sowell guilty of 81 of 82 counts, including the murders of 11 women -- Tonia Carmichael, Nancy Cobbs, Tishana Culver, Crystal Dozier, Telacia Fortson, Amelda Hunter, Leshanda Long, Michelle Mason, Kim Yvette Smith, Janice Webb, and Diane Turner.

On Aug. 10, the same jury recommended the death sentence. On Aug. 12, Judge Dick Ambrose sentenced him to death.

On Dec. 6, the Imperial Avenue house where Sowell committed the crimes and buried his victims was torn down and the ground leveled.

Photo Gallery: Sowell house demolition

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