Tenant: Stench Arrived after Alleged Serial Killer

By THOMAS J. SHEERAN | June 29, 2011 | 10:30 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland tenant says mice and a terrible stench arrived after an alleged serial killer moved into a house where the remains of 11 women were later found.

Brandon Pompey was the first witness Wednesday, the third day of testimony in the trial of 51-year-old Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl). Sowell has pleaded not guilty to killing the women and dumping their bodies around his home.

Pompey says Sowell moved into the house's third floor in 2005 and mice and a stench like dead animals appeared shortly after.

Pompey moved out of the home in 2006, leaving behind some furniture because of the odor and rodent issues. The women began disappearing in 2007.

The mother of one of them also testified Wednesday about her daughter's disappearance.