Ohio jury deciding fate of man accused of killing 3 women

CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury is deciding the fate of a man accused of killing three women and hiding their bodies in garbage bags in northeast Ohio.

A Cuyahoga County jury began deliberations Wednesday in Cleveland in the trial of 38-year-old Michael Madison. He was arrested in July 2013 after the bodies were found near the East Cleveland apartment building where he lived.

Madison could face the death penalty if convicted on murder charges.

A prosecutor told jurors in closing arguments Wednesday that Madison charmed his victims to get close to them but also harbored hatred for the women in his life.

Madison’s defense attorney didn’t dispute that Madison killed the women. But he said Madison didn’t plan the killings and that he was often confused and had a drinking problem.

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