Triple Murder Suspect Arraigned

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(Michael Madison at a pretrial hearing on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013.)

CLEVELAND – Triple murder suspect Michael Madison pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Thursday.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury re-indicted him Tuesday for the murders of three women whose bodies were found in East Cleveland in July.

He could now face the death penalty.

Madison, 36, faces aggravated murder charges in the deaths of Angela Deskins, 38, Shetisha Sheeley, 28, and Shirellda Terry, 18.

The aggravated murder charge includes allegations that the murders represented a “course of conduct” by Madison and that he committed them while committing another felony.

He also now faces additional charges of kidnapping, gross abuse of a corpse, rape, and having weapons under disability.

Madison was arrested July 19.  Police say he had a shovel and garbage bags in the trunk of his car the day he was arrested.

A man who was in the East Cleveland jail with Madison at the time said Madison admitted to the murders.

Madison is a convicted sex offender.

His court records show a 2001 arrest for kidnapping, attempted rape and gross sexual imposition.

In 2002, as part of a plea bargain, he pleaded guilty to attempted rape and was sentenced to four years in prison.

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