Remains of five more victims have been uncovered in the case of Cleveland serial killer Anthony Sowell.
Less than a week after police informed the citizens of Cleveland that they had captured the attempted rapist, he appeared in court and has been charged with five accounts of aggravated murder, felonious assault, rape and kidnapping.
Anthony’s lawyer argued that he had a “mental condition.” However, the judge overlooked that argument, agreeing with prosecutors that Anthony was threat to the public. He is undergoing a mental evaluation, but CNN reports that it may have little influence on his trial.
Police, armed with a search warrant, raided 50-year-old Anthony’s home on Thursday after a woman reported that he assaulted her. Upon entry, the police discovered two badly decomposed bodies in the home.
Over the course of the next day, four more bodies were found. Anthony had been arrested no more than five days after discovering the bodies of six females on his property. Since then, searches have turned up four more women’s bodies, and a fifth’s skull, near his home.
So far, seven victims have been identified. Amelda Hunter, 47; Crystal Dozier, 38; Michelle Mason, 45; Tonia Carmichael, 52; Telecia Forston, 31; Tishana Culver, 31; and Nancy Cobbs, 43 were among the 11 African-American females murdered by Anthony. The police have not revealed how each died, but the Coroner’s Office has revealed that most died by strangulation.
This is not Anthony’s first encounter with the law. In 1998, he was convicted of attempted rape and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
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