Trial’s death penalty phase continues for northeast Ohio man

CLEVELAND (AP) — The death penalty phase of a trial for a northeast Ohio man convicted of killing three women and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags is continuing, with a jury hearing testimony.

Monday marks the third day of testimony about whether 38-year-old Michael Madison should die by lethal injection or be sentenced to life in prison with no parole for killing 38-year-old Angela Deskins, 28-year-old Shetisha Sheeley and 18-year-old Shirellda Terry. Their bodies were found in July 2013 near the East Cleveland apartment building where Madison lived.

The jury that will make its sentencing recommendation to a Cuyahoga County judge convicted Madison of multiple counts of aggravated murder and kidnapping earlier this month.

Defense attorneys have argued that Madison shouldn’t be sentenced to death because he suffered an abusive childhood.