Serial murder suspect Anthony Sowell pleads not guilty by insanity

December 3, 2009

(ChattahBox) — Anthony Sowell charged with murder in the deaths of 11 women, has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity Thursday, and was remanded back to jail.

Sowell, 50, former US marine, was arrested in October after authorities serving a search warrant in a rape case and discovered the remains of six women in and around his Ohio house. Subsequent searches turned up the remains of five others.

A grand jury has indicted Sowell on 85 counts, including several counts of aggravated murder with a “mass murder specification,” meaning multiple people were killed in a similar fashion, said Bill Mason, the Cuyahoga County prosecutor.

Assistant prosecutor Rick Bombik told local news media that he thought Sowell would have a difficult time proving he was insane.

“Under Ohio law you have to be able to prove you do not know right from wrong,” he said.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Sowell. Like many who commit such horrific crimes (allegedly), Sowell has a violent criminal past. He is a registered sex offender and reportedly spent 15 years in prison for rape before being released in 2005.

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