DNA of alleged Ohio serial killer went missing

By the Associated Press | May 17, 2011 | 7:43 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A report says a prison DNA sample from a man charged with killing 11 women and dumping their bodies around his property disappeared and was never entered into national law enforcement databases.

Eve Mueller, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Mike DeWine, says the sample taken from Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl) when he was in prison in the 1990s was sent in an envelope addressed to a private lab in Virginia but was never returned to the state.

The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reported Tuesday that state officials don't know where that sample is.

At the time the sample was taken, Sowell was in prison serving a 15-year sentence for attempted rape.

A judge has rejected a renewed defense request to move or delay Sowell's June 6 trial.