Court: Michael Madison found guilty of 3 murders

Posted at 2:18 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 21:28:46-04

The bailiff for Judge McDonnell reported the jury for the Michael Madison trial has reached a verdict. 

Madison was found guilty on Thursday for the murders of three women. He was found guilty on 14 counts, including aggravated murder, kidnapping,rape, and abuse of corpse.

The jury is scheduled to be back on May 12. They will then make a recommendation to the judge. The jury will also be sequestered for four days. Recommendations for sentencing were 20 to life, life without parole, or the death penalty.

Madison, 38, was being tried in the deaths of Shetisha Sheeley, Angela Deskins and Shirellda Terry, whose bodies were found in trash bags near the apartment building where he lived in July 2013.

During the trial that began last month, prosecutors played a recording of statements that Madison made after his arrest.

He told police during an interrogation that he strangled two of the women during fits of rage.

His defense attorney didn't dispute that Madison killed the women but he said Madison didn't plan the killings and that they happened during spontaneous bursts of violence.

Previously Madison  asked that he not be compared to Anthony Sowell, a Cleveland man who killed 11 women and hid the remains in and around his home.