Judge In Ohio Splits 2nd Trial For Serial Killer

CLEVELAND (AP) - A judge in Ohio says a convicted serial killer will get separate trials in alleged attacks on two survivors who testified against him in the murders of 11 women.

Judge Dick Ambrose ruled Friday that 52-year-old Anthony Sowell will go on trial Monday in Cleveland on rape and kidnapping charges.

He postponed the kidnapping-attempted murder case being handled by a second prosecutor who had longstanding vacation plans.

Prosecutors wanted both cases postponed and mentioned a concern that Sowell's death sentence could be jeopardized.

Both sides are continuing plea-bargain talks.

Sowell has pleaded not guilty to the remaining charges. He's appealing his murder convictions.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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