Trial Opens for Alleged Ohio Serial Killer

Anthony Sowell accused of killing 11 women between 2007 and 2009
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 6, 2011 12:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – Jury selection began today in the trial of an ex-Marine and convicted sex offender charged with killing 11 women and hiding their remains in his Cleveland home and backyard. The discovery of the bodies in Anthony Sowell's home ignited an uproar directed at the city's police department. Some of the victims' families allege the police never bothered to look for their loved ones because they were addicted to drugs and lived in a dangerous part of town. Most of the victims were strangled with household objects and had traces of drugs in their systems.

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Residents of Mount Pleasant, Sowell's neighborhood, had complained about a rotting smell for months, but they say their complaints went unheeded. The women disappeared one by one, starting in October 2007. The last one vanished in September 2009. Sowell, 51, has pleaded not guilty, and could face the death penalty if convicted. The trial is expected to last several weeks. Click for more on the case. (Read more Anthony Sowell stories.)

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