Court: Families of serial killer’s victims can sue detective

Anthony Sowell

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio appeals court says the families of the victims of a convicted serial killer can sue a police detective who they say failed to properly investigate an earlier case against the Cleveland man.

The ruling involves the case of Anthony Sowell.

Sowell was convicted in 2011 of killing 11 women and hiding the remains in and around his home. He was sentenced to death.

Several family members of his victims say a detective failed to thoroughly investigate a complaint from a woman who said Sowell attacked and raped her a year before the bodies were found.

Their lawsuit says Sowell could have been stopped from carrying out several murders if the case had been handled properly.

The city plans to appeal the Thursday ruling to the Ohio Supreme Court.

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