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Ohio jury deciding fate of man accused of killing 3 women

  • FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2013, file photo, Michael Madison, left, waits with his attorney David Grant, right, for arraignment in Cleveland. Madison, a convicted sex offender, was found guilty Thursday, May 5, 2016, of aggravated murder and kidnapping in the deaths of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags in a case that raised fears that another serial killer was hunting for victims in the Cleveland area. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

    FILE - In this Oct. 31, 2013, file photo, Michael Madison, left, waits with his attorney David Grant, right, for arraignment in Cleveland. Madison, a convicted sex offender, was found guilty Thursday, May 5, 2016, of aggravated murder and kidnapping in the deaths of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in garbage bags in a case that raised fears that another serial killer was hunting for victims in the Cleveland area. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 22, 2013, file photo, crime scene tape cordons off a boarded-up home in an area where the bodies of three women were found in garbage bags in East Cleveland, Ohio. Convicted sex offender Michael Madison was found guilty Thursday, May 5, 2016, of aggravated murder and kidnapping in the deaths of the three women. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

    FILE - In this July 22, 2013, file photo, crime scene tape cordons off a boarded-up home in an area where the bodies of three women were found in garbage bags in East Cleveland, Ohio. Convicted sex offender Michael Madison was found guilty Thursday, May 5, 2016, of aggravated murder and kidnapping in the deaths of the three women. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)  (The Associated Press)

A jury is deciding the fate of a man accused of killing three women and hiding their bodies in garbage bags in northeast Ohio.

A Cuyahoga County jury began deliberations Wednesday in Cleveland in the trial of 38-year-old Michael Madison. He was arrested in July 2013 after the bodies were found near the East Cleveland apartment building where he lived.

Madison could face the death penalty if convicted on murder charges.

A prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments Wednesday that Madison charmed his victims to get close to them, but also harbored hatred for the women in his life.

Madison's defense attorney didn't dispute that Madison killed the women. But he said Madison didn't plan the killings and that he was often confused and had a drinking problem.