Cleveland Serial Killer Execution Delayed


The Ohio Supreme Court has agreed to delay the execution date for a Cleveland man convicted of killing 11 women and hiding the remains in and around his home.

The court on Thursday granted the request from attorneys for serial killer Anthony Sowell. Last month, the court upheld Sowell’s convictions and his death sentence.

The execution had been set for Nov. 18, 2020. The court said the execution would be delayed until Sowell had exhausted all his appeals, most likely through the federal courts.

The court’s action was similar to its approach to other death penalty cases. It regularly sets initial execution dates after upholding death sentences, then delays them on request.

Sowell was convicted in 2011 of the murder of 11 women from June 2007 to September 2009. He was also convicted of raping several other women who were not killed. Remains of the slain victims were found outside of Sowell’s home in Cleveland.

Image: Anthony Sowell sits in a courtroom for rape and kidnapping charges in Cleveland. AP / Tony Dejak, File