A sex offender suspected of killing three Cleveland women pleaded not guilty earlier this morning to charges including aggravated murder, kidnapping, and gross abuse of a corpse. Michael Madison, 36, could face the death penalty if convicted.
Madison is accused of killing three East Cleveland women and leaving their bodies in trash bags. The bodies were discovered earlier this summer when residents in several East Cleveland neighborhoods began to smell a foul odor.
The medical examiner identified the victims as Shirellda H. Terry, 18, and Angela H. Deskins, 38, and Shetisha D. Sheeley, 28.
Madison was classified as a sex offender in 2002 when he was sentenced to four years in prison for attempted rape, according to the courts. He also had drug-related convictions in 2000 and 2001.