Anthony Sowell offers apology to victims' families

6:12 PM, Aug 8, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Convicted killer of 11 women Anthony Sowell took the witness stand  Monday afternoon in what is called a "guided, unsworn statement."

One of his attorneys, John Parker, "guided" him by asking him a series of questions. Because it was not sworn testimony, the prosecution did not have an opportunity to cross-examine him.

Sowell, 51, was convicted in July of killing 11 women and leaving them in and around his Imperial Avenue home. He was arrested on Oct. 31, 2009.

At the end of a 32-minute statement, the last thing he said was all I can say is that I'm sorry for the deaths of the women.

He faces the death penalty. This phase of the trial will assist the jury in determining whether or not to impose the death penalty.

About five minutes into his statement, Sowell, wearing a black polo shirt with a long-sleeved grey shirt underneath it, began to cry when he talked about his sister and how much he loved her.

He also spoke about joining the U.S. Marines "to prove a point."


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