by Ayvaunn Penn, Your Black World
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The sick 51-year-old Ohio man who killed 11 black women and then lived with their bodies in his home was officially convicted of aggravated murder on Friday. His name is Anthony Sowell, and now it is possible that his own life could be taken from him. The Associated Press reports:
“Anthony Sowell, 51, was convicted in the killing of Tonia Carmichael, who disappeared in November 2008 and was strangled with an electrical charger for a cell phone or camera. The jury deliberated for just over 15 hours before announcing the verdict on one of the first of the 83 counts against Sowell. The verdicts to dozens of other counts were still being read Friday afternoon…The aggravated murder conviction means Sowell is eligible for the death penalty.”
This is just the case of one woman out of 11. According to reports and video from court hearings, it appears that Sowell was not in his right mind at the time of the murders. The Associated Press reports, “Sowell told detectives during the interrogation that he heard a voice that told him not to go into a third-floor bedroom where two bodies were found. He also told them about ‘blackouts’ and ‘nightmares’ in which he would hurt women with his hands. He told detectives that he began losing control of his anger about the time the victims started disappearing.” While on the stand in court or hearing testimonies describing things he had done, Sowell would make statements like “It had to be me” and “I guess I did that, too…Cause nobody else could’ve did it.” He acts as though he is sorrowful for his actions but is confused about how they occurred. Whether his actions and demeanor or genuine or staged, one thing is for sure. Whether found guilty of the other 10 murders or not, the fact that he was convicted of the single murder of Carmichael makes Sowell eligible for the death penalty.
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