CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I-Team has learned of plea talks for the suspect in the murders of five people in 2014.
James Sparks-Henderson could ultimately face the death penalty, but we’ve learned he’s considering an offer that could spare his life.
Sparks-Henderson is charged on 46 counts for the November 2014 murders on East 92nd Street. Investigators said he killed five people, including a pregnant woman, wounded a 9-year-old child, and even sat down and ate at the murder scene after the shootings.
Multiple sources told the I-Team about the plea talks. This comes after court records showed prosecutors scheduled a hearing of their death penalty review committee. But the prosecutor’s office said this case did not come up at the last meeting.
Meantime, defense attorney Rufus Sims complained police forced a confession from his client. A court hearing on that issue was recently postponed.
On Monday, attorney Sims was unavailable. The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office said it can’t discuss any possible plea negotiations.
Right after the arrest, the prosecutor said he had offered Sparks-Henderson a deal: a confession in exchange for no death penalty.
Henderson entered a formal plea of not guilty.