CLEVELAND - The defense says Anthony Sowell, convicted of killing 11 women, offered to plead guilty to avoid the death penalty and says the sentencing jury should hear about it.
The defense asked Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose on Thursday to let jurors hear about the plea offer at next week's sentencing phase of the trial.
The same jury convicted him last week. The defense says prosecutors rejected the written June 2 offer to plead guilty in return for a life sentence.
At the time, Prosecutor Bill Mason would only say Sowell's was the most appropriate death-penalty case he had seen in 12 years as prosecutor.
His spokesman, Ryan Miday, said Friday that prosecutors will oppose letting jurors hear about the offer.
Both sides are under a gag order limiting comments.
The Associated Press