COLUMBUS, Ohio– The Ohio Supreme Court affirmed the murder convictions against serial killer Anthony Sowell on Thursday.
The court voted 5-2 to uphold the 11 aggravated murder convictions and death penalty sentences. Justices concluded the trial court did not document all the findings necessary to close proceedings, but that failure did not require a new trial.
“Although Sowell’s statements to police are incriminating, the state presented overwhelming independent evidence of guilt supporting Sowell’s convictions and sentence,” Justice Terrence O’Donnell said in his opinion.
Cleveland police were investigating a rape case against Sowell in 2009 when they searched his house on the city’s east side. They discovered two bodies at the Imperial Avenue home. Over the next several days, investigators worked to uncover and identify the remains of 11 women.
Nearly two years later, a Cuyahoga County jury found Sowell guilty on 81 counts, including aggravated murder and kidnapping. He was also convicted of attacking three other women who survived.
Sowell, 57, is incarcerated at the Chillicothe Correctional Institution.