Anthony Sowell Will Not Stand trial on Rape Charges


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CLEVELAND, Ohio — Prosecutors dropped charges today in two outstanding cases against Anthony Sowell after the convicted serial killer rejected offers of plea agreements and insisted on another trial.

The cases involve two women who testified during Sowell’s aggravated murder trial earlier this summer that Sowell lured them into his Imperial Avenue home, where he assaulted or raped them until they persuaded him to let them go.

Prosecutors had said the accusations came to the attention of police too late to be tried with the original charges that he killed 11 women and attempted to kill three others. But the testimony of the two women was used to establish for jurors Sowell’s pattern of violence, and prosecutors said their cases would be tried separately.

During a hearing today, however, Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Mahmoud Awadallah told Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose that the women decided that testifying against Sowell the first time had provided enough closure, and that the 11 death penalty sentences he received would satisfy their sense of justice.

Prosecutors reserved the right to re-indict Sowell in the future, however. And it remains to be seen if Sowell will be charged with the 2009 rape of a Cleveland Heights woman. Prosecutors, during pretrial hearings in the spring, revealed that DNA evidence from that case matched Sowell, but it was discovered too late to be used at trial.

Sowell chuckled and leaned back in his chair, as Ambrose accepted the state’s motion to dismiss the charges on the outstanding cases. And on his way out of the courtroom, Sowell — who has become known for his last-minute outbursts and enigmatic gestures — blurted out, “They didn’t have [expletive].”

Awadallah said after the hearing today that the decision to drop the cases made sense for both the victims and the court, which spent the greater part of the summer on Sowell’s aggravated murder trial and approved more than $700,000 for his defense costs.

Awadallah confirmed that Sowell recently was offered plea deals in the two outstanding cases but rejected them.

“There were conversations with defense counsel,” Awadallah said. “He rejected the notion of any plea deal. He wanted to have a trial and wanted to be in the spotlight again.”

Prosecutors also said that Sowell has enjoyed living in his private cell in the county jail, where he has his own TV and toilet and his meals are delivered to him, rather than allowing him to eat among other inmates. Now that Sowell’s cases have concluded, however, he likely will be on his way to death row by week’s end, prosecutors said. 

I hope that this does not draw out for years and years like so many other cases have.

By laughing and making outbursts Sowell proves what an ass he is. I hope that attitude gets him a lot of attention in prison.

I am happy that prosecutors took the woman’s feelings into consideration. Since they are ok with moving on there is no reason to keep this ignorant ass in a cushy cell. I hope that the last woman also has closure and will allow Sowell to go on with his death.

 

  1. I hear his house is going cheap though 🙂

  2. Marvin Fong The Plain DealerConvicted serial murderer Anthony Sowell seated with his attorney Jaye Schlachet will not face trial on rape charges. CLEVELAND Ohio — Prosecutors dropped charges today in two outstanding cases against after the convicted serial killer rejected offers of plea agreements.and insisted on another trial..The cases involve two women who testified.during Sowells aggravated murder trial earlier this summer that Sowell.lured them into his Imperial Avenue home where he assaulted or raped them.until they persuaded him to let them go..Prosecutors had said the accusations came to the attention of police too late to be tried with the original charges that he.killed 11 women and attempted to kill three others. But the testimony of the two women was used to establish for jurors Sowells pattern of violence .and prosecutors said their cases would be tried separately…

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