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85 Charges: Suspected Strangler Waives Right To Speedy Trial

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UPDATE: CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Anthony Sowell had a pre-trial Wednesday on the 85-charges of murdering eleven women, raping two women and the attempted rape of another woman.

In court at his arraignment last week, Sowell pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Sowell did not enter a plea on Wednesday but did waive his right to a speedy trial. He must now be tried before May 10th before Judge Timothy McGinty.

"The state has accused you of capital crimes and is calling for the death penalty in this case so you gotta take this matter very seriously and work with your attorney." Judge McGinty told Sowell.

It is clear that Sowell's lawyers will explore an insanity defense. They already have approval to hire mental health experts to examine Sowell and, even before trial, won taxpayer paid mitigation experts to keep him off of death row should he be convicted.

50-year-old Sowell is due back in court on December 21st for a second preliminary hearing. An exact trial date will also be set. Judge McGinty would like to get things started in 90-120 days so trial could begin as soon as March.

Investigators say the convicted sex offender killed eleven women in his Imperial Avenue home between 2007 and this fall. The house is currently guarded and barbed wire fencing has been erected to preserve evidence.

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