CLEVELAND (AP) — Dozens of relatives of a Cleveland serial killer’s victims have gathered in a courtroom, some ready to lobby for his execution.
A judge must decide whether to impose the death penalty on 51-year-old Anthony Sowell (SOH’-wehl), convicted of killing 11 women and dumping their remains around his home.
Judge Dick Ambrose has two options: execution by lethal injection or reducing the jury’s recommended sentence to life in prison without parole.
As Friday’s sentencing began, deputies passed around boxes of tissues to victims’ relatives and warned against any outburst.
Those asking to address the court included the daughter of one victim and a woman whose niece was killed by Sowell.
The court administrator said the hearing could last up to three hours.