Alleged serial killer in Ohio suspect in rape

May 13, 2011 - 9:30 AM

CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors preparing for next month's Ohio trial of a man accused of killing 11 women say DNA from a previously untested rape kit matches the defendant.

The Plain Dealer of Cleveland reports prosecutors may call as a witness the woman who told police she was raped in April 2009 in Cleveland Heights.

The alleged rape occurred before five of the 11 alleged murder victims of 51-year-old Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl) disappeared. The Cleveland police department's handling of sexual assault cases has been under review.

Sowell hasn't been charged in the alleged rape. Prosecutors say they won't introduce the latest DNA evidence in Sowell's murder case if it would mean a trial delay.

Sowell has pleaded not guilty to killing the women and dumping their bodies around his house and yard.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com