Prosecutors: Conviction, death sentence of Ohio man found guilty of killing 11 should stand

Published March 12, 2013

| Associated Press

Prosecutors say that an Ohio man found guilty of killing 11 women and hiding their remains around his home got a fair trial and that his conviction and death sentence should stand.

Responding to an appeal by convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl), prosecutors tell the Ohio Supreme Court that the Cleveland man is "the worst offender in the history of Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County and arguably of the state of Ohio."

In an October appeal, Sowell's attorneys argued that his trial lawyers were his "chief saboteurs" and should have focused on sparing him from the death penalty, not arguing to jurors that he was innocent in the face of overwhelming evidence and a confession.

Jurors found Sowell guilty of killing 11 women from June 2007 to July 2009.