A Cleveland jury is deliberating on whether to recommend the death sentence for a man convicted of killing three women and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags.

The jury began deliberations Thursday in the case of 38-year-old Michael Madison. He was convicted of aggravated murder earlier this month in the deaths of three women whose bodies were found near Madison's East Cleveland apartment in July 2013.

Prosecutors said in closing arguments Thursday that Madison deserves to be executed because of the circumstances surrounding the killings.

Defense attorneys argued Madison's life should be spared because of lasting psychological damage caused by an abusive childhood.

If the jury recommends the death penalty, a judge will decide if Madison should die by lethal injection or spend the rest of his life in prison.