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Dec 3, 2009 9:49 AM by Associated Press

Ohio serial killer suspect pleads insanity

A registered sex offender accused of killing 11 women and leaving their remains in and around his Cleveland home has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to all charges.

Anthony Sowell, 50, was arraigned Thursday by video hook-up from jail.

Sowell was indicted Tuesday on 85 charges, including murder, rape, assault and corpse abuse. He is accused of murdering 11 women and could get the death penalty if convicted of any of the killings. Ten bodies and a skull were found at his Cleveland home.

On Wednesday, FBI agents with cadaver dogs searched another house where Sowell lived before going to prison for 15 years for a 1989 attempted rape. No bodies were found.

A prosecutor asked for bond in the amount of $14 million, but the judge ordered Sowell held without bond.

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