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COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio Supreme Court is weighing arguments that a Cleveland killer of 11 women deserves a new trial because an evidence-suppression hearing was closed to the public.
Lawyers for Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl) also say a new trial is warranted because the judge in the case shielded the individual questioning of potential jurors.
Prosecutors agree that Sowell deserves a new hearing over the suppression of statements made to the police but not a new trial.
Both sides filed arguments last week as part of the court's consideration of Sowell's overall appeal of his conviction and death sentence.
The 55-year-old Sowell was sentenced in 2011 for killing the women whose remains were found in and around his home.