CINCINNATI — A judge says jurors deciding whether to recommend a death sentence for a man convicted of killing two teenage Ohio girls also will be told about two women whose slayings he pleaded guilty to before his trial.
Forty-nine-year-old Anthony Kirkland was convicted and sentenced to death in 2010 in the slayings of 14-year-old Casonya Crawford and 13-year-old Esme Kenney, both of Cincinnati. But the Ohio Supreme Court last year ordered a resentencing hearing set for next month in those slayings.
The Cincinnati Enquirer reports Kirkland’s attorneys argued Thursday jurors should only hear about the teens, not the women. Kirkland is serving life sentences for killing the women.
But the judge said the killings were “part of the same course of conduct” and jurors will hear about all four.