Suspected serial killer Sowell arraigned

Nov. 13, 2009 at 10:57 AM
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CLEVELAND, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Suspected serial killer Anthony Sowell was arraigned Friday on attempted murder, felonious assault and rape charges in a Cuyahoga County, Ohio, court.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge John P. O'Donnell bumped up Sowell's $5 million bond by $1 million, and remanded him to jail after the court proceeding, The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported. The judge also ordered Sowell to submit to an HIV test.

Sowell pleaded not guilty to the rape charge.

Sowell faces five counts of aggravated murder, for which the Cuyahoga County prosecutor could seek the death penalty. The charges are connected to a woman whose rape led to Sowell's arrest and the discovery of 11 bodies in and around his home.

Sowell wasn't home when police went to arrest him Oct. 29 after the woman alleged he choked and raped her inside the home. When police entered Sowell's home, they found two bodies.

Police eventually found 11 bodies, including a skull in the basement, as they searched the house and yard.

Sowell was arrested Nov. 1 about a mile from his home.

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