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Death sentence upheld for serial killer

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- A divided Ohio Supreme Court upholds the death sentence of a local serial killer despite what the court called, "improper remarks" by a prosecutor.

A jury convicted Anthony Kirkland in 2010 of murder and attempted rape in the 2006 death of 14-year-old Casonya Sharee Crawford and the 2009 death of 13-year-old Esme Kenney.
Before his trial began, Kirkland also pleaded guilty to the murders of two women, Mary Jo Newton and Kimya Rolison.  He also killed his girlfriend, Leola Douglas in 1987.
In a four-three decision Tuesday, the court rejected arguments by attorneys for Kirkland.  They claimed the prosecutor inflamed the jury to the point Kirkland should have been re-sentenced, including an implication that without a death sentence the girls' deaths would go unpunished.

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