Prosecutor: Sowell a 'vile, disgusting' serial killer

2:28 PM, Jul 20, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The lead prosecutor in the Anthony Sowell murder trial gave the jury a 2 1/2 hour, detailed summary of the case in his closing statements on Wednesday, and called Sowell a "vile, disgusting" serial killer.

"This is not complicated," Rick Bombik told the jurors, "don't make it complicated. The evidence in this case if overwhelming. It is enormous. Label him for what he is, a serial killer."

Supported by a Powerpoint presentation, Bombik recounted the story of a "certain house on Imperial Avenue," one he told the jury Anthony Sowell "condemned forever." Sowell is accused of murdering 11 women in his home and hiding their bodies on the property.

Only part of the way through his closing arguments after 90 minutes, Bombik thanked jurors for their patience during the now near month-long trial, and said, "We were able to present to you in a very, very efficient manner 62 witnesses in the shortest time humanly possible."

Bombik displayed pictures of each of the 11 women whose remains were found in Sowell's house, and pictures of the women who escaped his clutches and lived to testify against the accused serial killer.

Slowly and methodically, the prosecutor laid out the state's entire case over the course of nearly two and a half hours, reminding the jury of all the testimony they saw and heard during the trial.

Judge Dick Ambrose granted the jury and others in the courtroom a short break at about 10:30 a.m., and Bombik then continued his presentation.

"The question that begs for an answer," Bombik offered near the conclusion of his closing remarks, "is who lives here? And the answer to that question is Anthony Sowell. Make no doubt about it."

Next, Sowell's lawyers, who declined to present a single witness in his defense, will deliver their closing statements to the jury. Finally, prosecutors will have the last say before the jury begins its deliberations.


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