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CLEVELAND, Ohio– The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office is looking into whether or not to file charges against the father of one of the women killed by Michael Madison.

Van Terry, father of Shirellda Terry, jumped on Madison during the sentencing Thursday afternoon.

Van Terry was one of the family members who chose to speak after the judge sentenced Madison to death for killing his daughter and two other women.

Terry said,”I guess we are supposed to find it in our hearts to forgive this clown… who has taken my child,” then he turned around, and lunged at Madison.  Authorities and other people inside the courtroom grabbed Terry and took him out.


Van Terry’s sister told FOX 8 News reporter Suzanne Stratford that Van just couldn’t take it anymore. Family members said Madison was taunting the families and smiling.

The judge followed a jury’s recommendation that Madison should be executed for aggravated murder and kidnapping. The judge could have chosen life in prison with no chance of parole.

A jury convicted Madison last month, then deliberated for less than a day before recommending the death penalty.

(Fox 8 file photo)
(Fox 8 file photo)

Madison, who has said he admired serial killer Anthony Sowell, killed Shirellda Terry, Angela Deskins and Shetisha Sheely. Their bodies were found in plastic bags near Madison’s East Cleveland home back in 2013.

During his trial, Madison’s lawyers did not argue that he didn’t kill the women, only that their murders weren’t premeditated. They were trying to spare him the death penalty.

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