Michael Madison Defense Grateful for Delay
CLEVELAND — It will be at least another month before the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office Capital Review Committee determines if an alleged serial killer should face the death penalty.
On Monday, Prosecutor Tim McGinty told the court the hearing has been moved from next week until October so that all the records on Michael Madison can be reviewed.
Madison’s attorney, David Grant, said he is thankful for the delay.
“It takes a long time to go through someone’s entire life,” Grant said.
Madison, 35, appeared in street clothes for the hearing, but remained cuffed.
Grant said it’s better for his client not to be wearing the jail jumpsuit. He said possible jurors may see him in the orange jumpsuit and assume he’s guilty.
Madison was indicted on 14 counts, including two counts each of aggravated murder in the deaths of Angela Deskins, 38, Shetisha Sheeley, 28, and Shirellda Terry, 18.
The indictment also included three counts of kidnapping, three counts of gross abuse of a corpse, one count of rape and one count of having weapons under disability.
The victims’ bodies were found in East Cleveland in July.