Cuyahoga County

Judge allows prosecutors to use evidence seized after search of accused serial killer Michael Madison's garage


Cleveland – A judge Wednesday refused to throw out  evidence gathered after police entered an East Cleveland garage linked to accused serial killer Michael Madison and found a dead body wrapped in plastic bags.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Nancy McDonnell ruled that the search was legal, even though police lacked a warrant when entering the garage. Her decision means prosecutors will be able to use the items taken from the garage and other evidence and information obtained later, including Madison’s confession, during his trial July 21.

McDonnell did not write an opinion on the issue. A docket entry simply says Madison's "motion to suppress is denied.''

Madison, 36, of East Cleveland, is accused of killing Angela H. Deskins, 38; Shirellda Terry, 18; and Shetisha Sheeley, 28. Their bodies were found about 125 feet from Madison’s home last July. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

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