Suspect in Ohio killings of 3 women has pretrial

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- A sex offender suspected of killing three Ohio women is due back in court for a pretrial hearing as his attorneys fight a possible death sentence.

Thirty-six-year-old Michael Madison is charged with killing the women and leaving their bodies in trash bags in a rundown East Cleveland neighborhood. He has pleaded not guilty.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled Thursday morning in Cleveland.

Defense attorneys want the judge to rule out the death penalty, which they say is imposed in an arbitrary and discriminatory fashion in Ohio.

The prosecutor decided after a review to seek the death penalty based on the three homicides and the risk he says Madison poses to the public.

The bodies were found in July after police were called about an odor coming from a garage.