Cleveland serial killer of 11 seeks new trial

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Posted: Oct 07, 2014 11:53 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Supreme Court is weighing arguments that a Cleveland killer of 11 women deserves a new trial because an evidence-suppression hearing was closed to the public.

Lawyers for Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl) also say a new trial is warranted because the judge in the case shielded the individual questioning of potential jurors.

Prosecutors agree that Sowell deserves a new hearing over the suppression of statements made to the police but not a new trial.

Both sides filed arguments last week as part of the court's consideration of Sowell's overall appeal of his conviction and death sentence.

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The 55-year-old Sowell was sentenced in 2011 for killing the women whose remains were found in and around his home.