Records could help East Cleveland triple murder suspect Michael Madison

CLEVELAN - The defense for an Ohio man charged with killing three women and dumping their bodies in trash bags will have extensive files to argue against the death penalty.

Thirty-five-year-old Michael Madison appeared in court Monday in Cleveland during a discussion of his police, school and social-service records which the defense requested.

Attorney David Grant tells The Plain Dealer in Cleveland ( the records will be used for a defense presentation before a prosecution committee reviewing possible death penalty cases.

The convicted sex offender pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder and kidnapping after three bodies were found in July in trash bags in a run-down East Cleveland neighborhood. The search was prompted by a call to police about a foul smell coming from a garage.

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