Cleveland Serial Killer Suspect Changes Plea

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Lawyers for a registered sex offender charged with killing 11 women and hiding their remains in and around his Cleveland home withdrew their not guilty by reason of insanity plea, reported.

A spokesperson for the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office told the Ohio station Anthony Sowell's attorneys met with a judge and prosecutors and executed a waiver of a speedy trial until July 31.

There was no reason give for the change.

Authorities say Sowell, 50, lured women to his home and attacked them. The remains of 10 women and a skull were found in the residence or buried in the yard.

Sowell faces 85 counts including murder, rape, assault and corpse abuse in the slayings and in the attacks on three women who survived. He could get the death penalty if convicted of any of the killings.

Sowell is expected in court for a pretrial Jan. 27, and the tentative date for his trial is June 2, reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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