Anthony Sowell Apologizeson August 9, 2011 in Serial Killers by Brian Combs
In a rather unusual courtroom scene Monday, Anthony Sowell took the stand to give a thirty-two minute, unsworn statement. He apologized in front of the relatives of his victims, and the jury members that will decide whether or not to recommend the death penalty.
His statement was carefully guided by a member of his defense team, and prosecutors were not allowed to cross examine Sowell.
The only thing I want to say is that I’m sorry. I know that may not seem like much. And I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart. This is not typical of me. I don’t know what happened. I can’t explain it. But I know it’s not a lot, but that’s all I can give
Sowell was allowed to testify because of an Ohio law from 1981. It accords the offender extraordinary rights, as he faces extraordinary punishment.
It’s difficult to believe the jury would be swayed by this, given several weeks of watching Sowell’s complete lack of remorse during the trial. He’s only showed emotion when the discussion was about how hard his own life was.
If you’d like, you can watch the entire statement.