Jury recommends execution for Ohio serial killer

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury today recommended that a serial killer who hid the remains of 11 women in his Cleveland home and yard be put to death, and the panelists later told reporters that the defendant's courtroom apology did nothing to sway them.

Anthony Sowell, 51, was convicted last month of aggravated murder in the deaths of the women, whose remains were unearthed in his home and yard in late 2009. The same jury that convicted Sowell deliberated for less than a day before deciding to recommend execution by lethal injection over life in prison without the possibility of parole.

The final decision will be up to Judge Dick Ambrose, who will impose the sentence Friday. He is permitted to reduce a death-penalty sentence to life without parole, but such changes are rare in Ohio.

Sowell, with his hands cuffed to manacles chained around his waist, stood ramrod straight, blinking rapidly and rocking lightly on his heels as the verdicts were announced. As the final verdicts were read, his eyes narrowed and his eyebrows began to twitch.

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