Not Nuts?: Attorneys For Anthony Sowell Withdraw Insanity Plea

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NEW DETAILS: CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - New developments in the case of the Cleveland Strangler.

A pretrial hearing was held today for accused serial killer Anthony Sowell.

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's office, Sowell's attorneys have withdrawn his not guilty by reason of insanity plea.

The change in plea came just as Judge Shirly Strickland Saffold was about to send Sowell to the psych clinic to determine if he's really mentally unstable.

Sowell is facing an unprecedented 85 charges after the bodies of eleven women were found in and around his Imperial Avenue home in November.

Sowell's attorneys withdrew the plea saying they're still gathering medical records. So - for now - Sowell's simply saying he's not guilty. However, his attorneys could still try to play the crazy card again later.

19 Action News Reporter Ed Gallek learned that Sowell only spoke up when he agreed to delay his trial say, "I understand."

Cuyahoga County Prosecutors don't think he's insane and plan to seek the death penalty no matter what his defense.

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