The Ohio Supreme Court will hear arguments in the death penalty appeal of Anthony Sowell on April 5. Sowell, who was convicted of the murders of 11 women between 2007 and 2009 in Cleveland, has raised multiple issues with his trial, convictions, and death sentence. Police discovered the women’s bodies in and around his home in 2009.
(Sowell lived in his stepmother’s house on Imperial Avenue in Cleveland. On Sept. 23, 2009, Latundra Billups went to the hospital to report she had been raped. Billups gave a statement to police that Sowell had attacked and raped her in his house the day before. Police obtained an arrest warrant and a search warrant, and sent a SWAT team to the home on Oct. 29. Sowell wasn’t there when they arrived, and police searched the premises.)