Defense to seek new trial for Ohio serial killer

By THOMAS J. SHEERAN | August 15, 2011 | 2:44 PM EDT

Anthony Sowell sits with his eyes close during the court session in Cleveland on Friday, Aug. 12, 2011. Sowell has been sentenced to die for murdering 11 women and dumping their bodies around his property. Judge Dick Ambrose imposed the sentence today on 51-year-old Sowell. The jury that convicted Sowell announced its sentence recommendation Wednesday, and Ambrose followed their wishes. (AP Photo/Marvin Fong, Pool)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A document filed in a Cleveland court shows attorneys for a serial killer sentenced to death last week plan to request a new trial, alleging juror misconduct.

A motion filed Friday says the jury forewoman was prejudiced against 51-year-old Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl). He was convicted of killing 11 women whose remains were found in his Cleveland home in 2009.

Defense attorney Rufus Sims says the motion was filed prematurely and that the defense is working on a replacement. He says the defense has to wait until 14 days after the sentencing before they can request a new trial.

The attorneys cite comments made by the forewoman after the trial, including her statement that Sowell winked at her at one point.