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CLEVELAND -- Michael Madison, a sex offender suspected of killing three women, has pleaded not guilty to updated charges including aggravated murder.

Deputies escorted 36-year-old Michael Madison in shackles into court Thursday for a brief arraignment on an updated indictment that added the death penalty option.

Defense attorney David Grant spoke for Madison, entering the not guilty plea.

The attorney had lobbied against making it a death-penalty case but said he wasn't surprised by the decision.

Madison is accused of killing three women and leaving the bodies in trash bags in a run-down East Cleveland neighborhood. They were found in July after police were called about an odor coming from a garage.