CLEVELAND -- Michael Madison, the man accused in the murders of three women whose bodies were found in East Cleveland, appeared in court this morning for his first pretrial hearing.
The pretrial deal with mostly preliminary legal issues as the case against Madison begins.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty says any decision on whether to pursue the death penalty in the case won't be made until September at the earliest. He told the court the case will be reviewed by a committee in his office. McGinty also said a visit to the scene is being arranged for the defense.
Defense attorney David Grant said afterward that his client's mental state would be evaluated, but he did not elaborate.
The next pre-trial is set for August 20 at 9 a.m.
Madison is accused in the murders of Shetisha Sheeley, Angela Deskins and Shirellda Terry. The women's bodies were found in the area around Shaw and Hayden avenues in East Cleveland on July 19 and July20. Their bodies were found wrapped in plastic.
The medical examiner determined Deskins and Terry had been strangled. A cause of death for Sheeley was undetermined and was listed in the medical examiner's report as "homicidal violence by unspecified means."
Madison, 35, is charged with kidnapping and aggravated murder in the women's deaths. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and is being held on a $6 million bond.