Sowell jurors deliberate sentence through lunch

12:51 PM, Aug 10, 2011   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- A sequestered jury continued deliberating through lunch on whether a man who killed 11 women and dumped their remains around his property should be put to death or get life in prison without parole.

The same jury of seven women and five men who last month convicted Anthony Sowell entered their second day of deliberations at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday on which sentence to recommend to the judge.

Shortly after noon, lunch was delivered to the jury room where the jury continued their work uninterrupted.

During Tuesday's closing arguments for the trial's penalty phase, a lawyer for Sowell said the 51-year-old defendant should live.

Defense attorney John Parker pointed to Sowell's troubled childhood, his service in the Marine Corps, his job history and his good behavior while imprisoned 15 years for attempted rape.

Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Pinkey Carr said Sowell was motivated by a lack of respect for women and said he deserves to die for his crimes.

While the jury pondered the statements made during the seven days of the sentencing phase of the trial, a number of family members of Sowell's victims waited outside the courtroom of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose.

When a decision is made, some of the family members will have the opportunity to make statements to the court. Ambrose will take the jury's recommendation under consideration and pronounce final sentence.

The Associated Press/WKYC-TV

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