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.
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