Jury weighs death sentence for Ohio serial killer

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- A jury deciding the fate of a serial killer who hid the remains of 11 women in and around his Cleveland home has ended deliberations for the day without a verdict.

The jury last month convicted 51-year-old Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl) in the women's deaths.

The panel began deliberating Tuesday afternoon on whether to recommend execution or a life sentence. It adjourned Tuesday night and was to resume Wednesday.

Defense attorney John Parker has asked the jury to spare Sowell's life based on his troubled childhood, Marine Corps service, job history and good behavior while in prison for attempted rape.

Prosecutor Pinkey Carr says those factors don't outweigh his crimes because "he's evil."

Police say Sowell lured women to his home with the promise of alcohol or drugs.