Anthony Sowell was found guilty today by a jury for aggravated murder and a host of other charges stemming from the deaths of eleven women at his Imperial Avenue house. It took 15 hours for the jury to come to a decision.
This really is just the beginning, however. As the PD reminds us, Sowell faces the death penalty and the mitigation phase of this circus begins soon. Sowell's lawyers will obviously argue he should not be killed.
The same jury that came back with this verdict will decide Sowell's ultimate fate. Judge Ambrose will take their recommendation and decide a sentence, but he cannot condemn Sowell to death unless the jury decides on that punishment.
Eventually, it will be over and some measure of closure can be brought to the families of the victims. Once again, RIP: Telacia Fortson, Diane Turner, Janice Webb, Nancy Cobbs, Tonia Carmichael, Tishana Culver, Leshanda Long, Crystal Dozier, Amelda Hunter, Michelle Mason and Kim Yvette Smith.