UPDATE: Prosecutor: Allow Death Penalty In 3 Ohio Killings

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 1/9/2014 2:45 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) - The prosecutor in a triple-murder case in Ohio wants the judge to allow the death penalty as an option.

In a filing Wednesday in Cleveland, the prosecutor in the case against 36-year-old Michael Madison defended Ohio's death penalty as constitutional.

The prosecutor asked Judge Nancy McDonnell to clear the way for a possible death penalty at the trial in April.

The defense argued in an earlier filing that the death penalty in Ohio is imposed in an arbitrary and discriminatory manner and should be ruled out at the trial.

A pretrial hearing scheduled for Thursday was postponed.

Madison is charged with killing the women and leaving their bodies in trash bags in East Cleveland.

He pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder, kidnapping, corpse abuse, rape and a weapons charge.

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UPDATE 10/31/2013 10:50 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) - An Ohio sex offender suspected of killing three women pleaded not guilty to updated charges including aggravated murder that could lead to a death sentence if he's convicted.

Deputies escorted 36-year-old Michael Madison in shackles into court in Cleveland on Thursday for a brief arraignment on an updated indictment that added the death penalty option.

Defense attorney David Grant spoke for Madison, entering the not guilty plea. Grant had lobbied against making it a death-penalty case but says he wasn't surprised by the decision.

Madison is accused of killing three women and leaving the bodies in trash bags in a rundown East Cleveland neighborhood. They were found in July after police were called about an odor coming from a garage.

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UPDATE 10/29/2013 1:50 PM

CLEVELAND (AP) - The prosecutor in Cleveland decides to seek the death penalty against a triple murder suspect whose alleged victims were found in trash bags.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty announced Tuesday that a grand jury added specifications that could lead to a death sentence for 35-year-old Michael Madison.

He's charged with killing three women and dumping their bodies in trash bags.

The death-penalty option was added in an updated indictment that came after prosecutors reviewed the case.

Madison, a convicted sex offender, has pleaded not guilty. His attorney had argued against making it a death-penalty case.

The bodies were found in July in trash bags in a run-down East Cleveland neighborhood in a search prompted by a call to police about a foul smell coming from a garage.

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A man accused of killing three people in East Cleveland was back in court Monday for another pre-trial hearing.

Michael Madison is accused in the deaths of three women whose bodies were found wrapped in plastic in the same neighborhood.

He has pleaded not guilty.

He's jailed on $6 million bond.

The trial is expected to start in February.


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