Prosecutors say Ohio serial killer deserves death

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Prosecutors say an Ohio serial killer convicted of killing 11 women and hiding their remains around his home got a fair trial, and that his conviction and death sentence should stand.

Responding to an appeal by convicted serial killer Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl), prosecutors tell the Ohio Supreme Court that the Cleveland man is "the worst offender in the history of Cuyahoga County and arguably of the state of Ohio."

In an October appeal, Sowell's attorneys argued that his trial lawyers were his "chief saboteurs" and should have focused on sparing him from the death penalty, not arguing to jurors that he was innocent in the face of overwhelming evidence in the case and a confession.

Jurors found Sowell guilty of killing 11 women between June 2007 and July 2009.

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