CLEVELAND (AP) — A jury in Cleveland is expected to hear final arguments Thursday and could begin deciding whether to recommend that a man be sentenced to death for killing three women and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags.
Prosecutors told jurors on Wednesday that 38-year-old Michael Madison deserves execution because of the circumstances surrounding the killings.
Defense attorneys argue Madison’s life should be spared because of psychological damage caused by child abuse.
The jury convicted Madison of aggravated murder earlier this month for killing 38-year-old Angela Deskins, 28-year-old Shetisha Sheeley and 18-year-old Shirellda Terry. Their bodies were found near Madison’s East Cleveland apartment in 2013.
If the jury recommends the death penalty, a judge will decide if Madison should die by lethal injection or spend the rest of his life in prison.