Ohio jury convicts Anthony Sowell in Cleveland-area serial killings
Anthony Sowell , who used an insanity defense, will face the death penalty.
July 22nd, 2011
03:27 PM ET

Ohio jury convicts Anthony Sowell in Cleveland-area serial killings

An Ohio jury on Friday found Anthony Sowell guilty in connection with the aggravated murders, kidnappings and sexual assaults of 11 women in Cleveland between 2007 and 2009.

The jury took less than three days to convict Sowell, who pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to 85 counts, among them, murder, abuse of a corpse, kidnapping and tampering with evidence.

Sowell turned and offered his hands to a sheriff's deputy to be handcuffed as Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose read the first guilty verdict for the aggravated murder of Tonia Carmichael with a sexual motivation. In the gallery, Carmichael's mother and daughter hugged each other as the verdict was read.

The judge took nearly an hour to read all the verdicts. The jurors found him guilty on 84 counts, with the sole not guilty verdict coming on an aggravated robbery charge.

Investigators discovered the remains of the 11 women - ages 25 to 52 - in Sowell's home beginning in October 2009. Since then, other women have come forward alleging that Sowell attacked them.

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Police believe the women were easy prey for Sowell, a convicted sex offender who served 15 years for the attempted rape of a woman in 1989. Most of the women had struggled with drug addiction at some point and court records showing that many resorted to stealing and prostitution to support their habits.

With the conviction, Sowell faces the death penalty. Prosecutors received a report from an expert working with the defense, claiming Sowell suffers from several mental illnesses, including obsessive compulsiveness and post traumatic stress disorder, according to CNN affiliate WOIO.

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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. Philip

    Another terrorist (domestic) bites the dust.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. KevininCanada

    Poor Women! even if they are just street walkers

    July 22, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Queen

    Buh bye, now.

    July 22, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Katrina

    Why these women were "invisible":


    July 22, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. John Rhinem

    I believe that every dog addresses its day. And there Only One whom Knows All things. His Glory Shall sort it All out Soon so, Mercy upon the precious priceless Hearts & Souls whom have suffered from such darkened deeds &, then rejoice for The Joy that Shall one day be....Ow yea &, try not to get to caught-up and or Lost in, Babylon ~

    July 22, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. steve

    sick and sad
    needless murders
    but why?

    July 22, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. criminologist

    Newmac is right.
    It costs more to execute someone than for a life with out parole verdict, a lot more.
    P.S. I'm conservative and think the state's money should be used for better things than giving this guy a way out. Don't trust me, look it up yourself.

    July 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Willowspring

    It makes no difference what skin color a criminal is. Bad to the bone is bad to the bone. I have to say, though, I just wonder, how do people ever get to a place like that? What ever drives a person to such bizarre, complete depravity?

    July 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Woyengitokoni Ebiobowei Mathew

    sowell's mental illness can be cured! Yes! By DEATH!!! Creatures like him should be kept six feet below forever!

    July 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jim in Texas

    Let me get this straight, post traumatic stress disorder – he was so distressed from killing those women, he thought he was too stressed out to be in prison. Right...Got it

    July 22, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. MrGershwin

    Casey Anthony kills her innocent daughter the verdict is not guilty..
    Anthony s

    July 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Abby McGrath

    Casey Anthony has nothing to do with this case.
    Get the hell over it, Nancy!

    July 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. guy

    I totally favor castration for predators like this. Nip them off the first time and he wont have any "weapon" to use, nor the desire to use it. I'm tired of sharing the planet with people like this.

    July 22, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Libby

      Chemical castration probably wouldn't have worked with this guy. Some killers and rapists do it because they can, because it gives them a thrill or makes them feel powerful. Not because they get their jollies off of it.

      July 23, 2011 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  14. guy

    I knew some blogger was going to bring race into this. I have to admit I was surprised that he wasn't white and I'm white. It shouldn't surprise me though. We all have s c u m among us.

    July 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. gumby

    Add a lobotomy to that.

    July 22, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
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