CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - After less than two days of deliberations, the jury in the Michael Madison trial found him guilty of all 14 counts against him, including charges of aggravated murder, rape, kidnapping and offense against a human corpse.
The jury decided that Madison murdered Shetisha Sheeley, Angela Deskins and Shirellda Terry, whose bodies were found in July 2013 in East Cleveland.
Madison could potentially face the death penalty, determined in the next phase of the trial. Prosecutor Tim McGinty said that that phase usually lasts between three and four days. The jury will be sequestered again to decide what penalty they will recommend to the judge. The judge will eventually decide if Madison gets the death penalty.
None of the victims' family members, or McGinty wanted to speak publicly on the jury's decision for fear it would compromise the next phase of the trial.
Police found the first victim on July 19, 2013, after answering a complaint about odors coming from an East Cleveland garage. Two more bodies were discovered the following day. All three were wrapped in plastic bags.
Madison was eventually arrested at his mother's home after a two-hour standoff with police.
His attorneys appealed to the Court of Appeals before his jury trial, after a psychologist working for prosecutors interviewed him for three hours, but their appeal was denied.
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