- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

CLEVELAND (AP) - A Cleveland jury has begun deliberating on whether to recommend the death sentence for a man convicted of killing three women and wrapping their bodies in garbage bags.

Prosecutors said in closing arguments Thursday that 38-year-old Michael Madison deserves to be executed because of the circumstances surrounding the killings.

Defense attorneys argued Madison’s life should be spared because of lasting psychological damage caused by an abusive childhood.

The jury convicted Madison of aggravated murder earlier this month in the deaths of 38-year-old Angela Deskins, 28-year-old Shetisha Sheeley and 18-year-old Shirellda Terry. Their bodies were found near Madison’s East Cleveland apartment in July 2013.

If the jury recommends the death penalty, a judge will decide if Madison should die by lethal injection or spend the rest of his life in prison.

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