Anthony Sowell Attempts to Delay Trial Again

on May 10, 2011 in Serial Killers by

Attorneys for accused serial killer Anthony Sowell have requested another postponement of the start of his trial. It is currently scheduled to begin on June 6.

The motion outlines why the attorneys need more time to prepare for the mitigation phase of his trial. It also says that a crime-scene expert needs more time to prepare. Lastly, other trials in which they’ve been involved have hindered their work.

Sowell’s attorneys John Parker and Rufus Sims wrote:

It is worth repeating that this is not an ordinary case and is exceptional for a capital case. The defense must defend 11 homicides that took place on separate dates over a two-year plus time frame.

While it’s not yet known how Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose will rule, it would not be surprising if he rejects the motion. He made it clear in April that he wanted them ready to go to trial in June:

As previously stated by this Court, the duty to investigate does not require defense lawyers to scour the globe on the off chance something will turn up,” Ambrose wrote. “Reasonably diligent counsel may draw a line when they have good reason to think further investigation would be a waste. It is time for counsel to draw that line and be prepared for trial June 6, 2011.

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