The Latest: Court hears appeal from convicted serial killer

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Posted: Apr 05, 2016 11:42 AM
The Latest: Court hears appeal from convicted serial killer

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the appeal to the Ohio Supreme Court of a man's conviction and death sentence (all times local):

11:40 a.m.

The Ohio Supreme Court has heard the appeal of a Cleveland man who was convicted of killing 11 women and sentenced to death.

Attorneys for Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl) say he deserves a new trial because a judge wrongly closed a portion of jury selection and a hearing where attorneys argued about his police interrogation.

They also say Sowell deserves a new trial or new sentencing hearing because his original lawyers wrongly wasted time by arguing there was reasonable doubt about Sowell's guilt in the face of overwhelming evidence against him.

The court heard from both sides Tuesday, with a decision expected in several months.

Prosecutors say Sowell received a fair trial and his conviction and death sentence should stand.

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8 a.m.

The Ohio Supreme Court is hearing the appeal of a Cleveland man who was convicted of killing 11 women and sentenced to death.

Attorneys for Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl) say he deserves a new trial because a judge wrongly closed a portion of jury selection and a hearing where attorneys argued about his police interrogation.

They also say he deserves a new trial or new sentencing hearing because Sowell's original lawyers wrongly wasted time by arguing there was reasonable doubt about Sowell's guilt in the face of overwhelming evidence against him.

The court plans to hear from both sides Tuesday with a decision expected in several months.

Prosecutors say Sowell received a fair trial and his conviction and death sentence should stand.