Anthony Sowell's lawyers try to use plea letter to sway jurors
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -
Just days before jurors begin deliberating the death penalty phase for convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell, his lawyers have filed a copy of a letter showing how they tried to strike a plea deal before the high-profile trial started.
In the letter, Sowell offered to serve life in prison and the maximum time on all charges. He also offered to surrender any future appeals. Cuyahoga County Prosecutors rejected the offer. They felt that if anyone deserved the death penalty, it was Anthony Sowell.
Friday, a judge ruled that the letter could not be shown to jurors during the sentencing phase.
The 51-year-old was convicted of murdering eleven women and burying their bodies in and around his Imperial Avenue home last week.
Sunday, April 20 2014 9:44 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:44:11 GMT
Authorities said a death investigation is underway in a KCK neighborhood.Kansas City, KS, police were called about 12:40 p.m. Sunday to the 700 block of North 70th Terrace.No other details were immediatelyMore >
Authorities said a death investigation is underway in a KCK neighborhood.More >
Sunday, April 20 2014 12:25 PM EDT2014-04-20 16:25:32 GMT
Authorities are investigating a convenience store shooting.Raytown police were called to a QuikTrip in the 8700 block of East 63 Street about 1:30 a.m. Sunday after reports that a person that had beenMore >
Authorities are investigating a convenience store shooting.More >
Friday, April 18 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-04-19 01:53:24 GMT
The police department's statements detail their use of GPS tracking, surveillance and the help of tips from the public that led to the eventual arrest of Mohammed Whitaker, the man suspected of being theMore >
Court documents detail how new-age technology, old-fashioned police work and observant eyewitnesses led to the capture of the man that authorities say was responsible for a string of highway shootings that terrorized the area.More >