A jury has recommended the death penalty for convicted serial killer Michael Madison in the July 2013 deaths of three women in East Cleveland.

Judge Nancy R. McDonnell has set the sentencing for 1:30 p.m. May 26. Although the jury recommended the death penalty, McDonnell will decide if Madison should die by lethal injection or spend the rest of his life in prison.

Madison, 38, was convicted of aggravated murder earlier this month.

His defense attorneys never denied that Madison killed the three women but said he was not a serial killer because the killings weren't planned.

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Their bodies were found near his East Cleveland home in July 2013.

The three victims were 38-year-old Angela Deskins, 28-year-old Shetisha Sheeley, and 18-year-old Shirellda Terry.