Cuyahoga County prosecutor to seek death penalty for accused East Cleveland killer Michael Madison

CLEVELAND - Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty announced Tuesday he will seek the death penalty against accused East Cleveland killer Michael Madison.

A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury has re-indicted Michael Madison for the murders of three women whose bodies were found in East Cleveland this summer. The grand jury also added a specification allowing McGinty to ask for a death sentence.

The grand jury charged Madison, 36, with two counts each of aggravated murder in connection to the deaths of Shetisha Sheeley, Angela H. Deskins and Shirellda Terry. Madison was arrested July 19 after police found the first victim after answering a complaint about odors coming from an East Cleveland garage. Two more bodies were discovered the following day.

On July 22, East Cleveland Municipal Judge William Dawson ordered Madison be held on a $6 million bond, pending the grand jury's charging decision. The initial indictment was returned on July 29.

The 14-count indictment also included three counts of kidnapping, three counts of gross abuse of a corpse, one count of rape and one count of having weapons under disability.

Each aggravated murder charge in the superseding indictment includes allegations that the murders represented a "course of conduct" and that Madison committed them while committing another felony. Those specifications could lead to a death penalty.

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