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CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland jury has recommended the death penalty for a man convicted of killing three women and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags.

The jury began deliberations Thursday in the case of 38-year-old Michael Madison. He was convicted of aggravated murder earlier this month in the deaths of three women whose bodies were found near Madison’s East Cleveland apartment in July 2013.

The judge now will take the jury’s recommendation under consideration and make a final decision. That decision is not expected to be made Friday.

Prosecutors said in closing arguments Thursday that Madison deserved to be executed because of the circumstances surrounding the killings.

Defense attorneys argued Madison’s life should be spared because of lasting psychological damage caused by an abusive childhood.

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