Cuyahoga prosecutor seeks death penalty in triple murder

12:46 PM, Oct 29, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The prosecutor in Cleveland has decided 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 36-year-old Michael Madison.

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

Madison is accused of killing three women -- Shetisha Sheeley, Angela H. Deskins and Shirellda Terry -- whose bodies were found in July wrapped in plastic within the same East Cleveland neighborhood.

Madison, who waived his right to a speedy trial, faces multiple charges, including aggravated murder, kidnapping and gross abuse of a corpse.

He has pleaded not guilty. Madison's case is expected to go trial on Feb. 28, 2014. He remains jailed on $6 million bond.

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

Madison is a convicted sex offender.

There was no immediate defense comment on the death penalty decision in response to a message. The bodies were found in July in trash bags in a run-down East Cleveland neighborhood.

Associated Press

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