Cuyahoga County

Michael Madison re-indicted with death sentence possibility added

OCTOBER 29, 2013

CLEVELAND – A Cuyahoga County Grand Jury has re-indicted Michael Madison for the murders of three women whose bodies were found in East Cleveland this summer, and this time it has added specifications that could result in a death sentence, Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty announced today.

The Grand Jury charged Madison, 36, with two counts each of Aggravated Murder in the deaths of Shetisha Sheeley, Angela H. Deskins and Shirellda Terry. Each Aggravated Murder charge in this superseding indictment includes allegations that the murders represented a "course of conduct" by the defendant and that he committed them while committing another felony. Those specifications could lead to a death penalty.

The 14-count indictment also included three counts of Kidnapping, three counts of Gross Abuse of a Corpse, one count of Rape and one count of Having Weapons Under Disability.

Police found the first victim on July 19 after answering a complaint about odors coming from an East Cleveland garage. Two more bodies were discovered the following day. All three were wrapped in plastic bags.

Madison was arrested July 19. On July 22, East Cleveland Municipal Judge William Dawson ordered him held on a $6 million bond, pending the Grand Jury’s charging decision. The initial indictment was returned on July 29.

Since then the Capital Review Committee in the Prosecutor’s Office has examined the facts in the case, and Prosecutor McGinty elected to pursue a death sentence. This is only the second time in XX cases since Prosecutor McGinty took office that he has decided to seek capital punishment.

Contact: Joseph Frolik, Director of Communications and Public Policy. Phone: (216) 443-7488; or Cell: (216) 640-6186

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