Court won’t re­open case of killer of 11

Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE -

The Ohio Supreme Court has de­clined to re­open the death penalty case of a Cleveland man sen­tenced to die for killing 11 women and hid­ing the re­mains in and around his home.

At is­sue were ar­gu­ments by at­tor­neys for 58-yearold An­thony Sow­ell that he had poor le­gal as­sis­tance from the at­tor­neys han­dling his case be­fore the state Supreme Court.

His cur­rent at­tor­neys said his past lawyers should have brought forth a re­cent U.S. Supreme Court de­ci­sion that found Florida’s death penalty sen­tenc­ing law un­con­sti­tu­tional.

Pros­e­cu­tors ar­gued against re­open­ing the case. The state high court re­jected Sow­ell’s re­quest with­out com­ment Wed­nes­day. A mes­sage was left with the Ohio Pub­lic De­fender’s of­fice, which rep­re­sented Sow­ell.

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