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Offbeat Serial killer Anthony Kirkland to jurors: 'Please spare my life'

16:32  05 august  2018
16:32  05 august  2018 Source:   cincinnati.com

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Serial killer Anthony Kirkland to jurors : ' Please spare my life '. Sharon Coolidge, Cincinnati Enquirer Published 1:53 p.m. ET Aug. Convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland , 49, looks on during his re-sentencing on Friday Aug. 3, 2018, at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati.

Convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland stood at his sentencing hearing and, in a calm and steady voice, asked jurors to spare his life . Though, he said, he'd understand if they recommended the death penalty for strangling, burning and dumping the bodies of two teenage girls -- one 14, the other 13.

a close up of a man: Convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland, 49, looks on during his re-sentencing on Friday Aug. 3, 2018, at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati. Kirkland is was convicted of the deaths of Casonya © The Enquirer/Albert Cesare Convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland, 49, looks on during his re-sentencing on Friday Aug. 3, 2018, at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati. Kirkland is was convicted of the deaths of Casonya "Sharee" Crawford, 14, in 2006 and Esme Kenney, 13, in 2009. He is serving a life sentence in two other murders.

Convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland stood at his sentencing hearing and, in a calm and steady voice, asked jurors to spare his life.

Though, he said, he'd understand if they recommended the death penalty for strangling, burning and dumping the bodies of two teenage girls -- one 14, the other 13. 

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Serial killer Anthony Kirkland 's attorney Rich Wendel told jurors his client was physically, sexually and mentally abused as a child, resulting in He talks about her little fingers digging into ground as she vomits and gags. More: Serial killer Anthony Kirkland to jurors : ' Please spare my life '.

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"It has been stated that I am evil. It has been stated I am a monster," he said. "I cannot offer any justifiable response. I am not looking for absolution. Eventually I will answer to a higher authority. I do not blame you if you kill me. I do not deserve to live. Please spare my life."

Kirkland didn't have to speak on his own behalf, but his defense team is hoping Kirkland could help convince a jury to let him live. No other family members, as is sometimes the case in death penalty sentencing hearings, were among those who testified on his behalf.

Kirkland said kindergartners think they'll grow up to police officers, firefighters, doctors or teachers. They never think they'll be abused or become involved in drugs and alcohol or cause others grief, as has been his life, he said.

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Convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland asked the jury to spare his life in a brief statement at his resentencing hearing Friday. Kirkland also agreed to one of his attorneys request to leave his case because he has too. Also Friday, Nashville clinical psychologist Patty van Eys testified on Kirkland 's.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland, 49, is led out of the courtroom during his re-sentencing on Friday Aug. 3, 2018, at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati. Kirkland is was convicted of the deaths of Casonya © The Enquirer/Albert Cesare Convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland, 49, is led out of the courtroom during his re-sentencing on Friday Aug. 3, 2018, at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati. Kirkland is was convicted of the deaths of Casonya "Sharee" Crawford, 14, in 2006 and Esme Kenney, 13, in 2009. He is serving a life sentence in two other murders.

"I have hurt so many people," he said. "I am truly sorry. Please understand I am not here to beg for mercy, nor your forgiveness."

He paused.

Then he explained he was abused physically and mentally. Though that is not an "excuse," he said.

His speech lasted three minutes. He didn't look at jurors.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Monday. Then the jury – who heard testimony over the last two weeks – will be sequestered to make a sentencing recommendation.

The jury has been asked to recommend a sentence for the deaths of Casonya Crawford, 14, in 2006 and Esme Kenney, 13, in 2009. Kirkland strangled the girls, then burned their bodies. He attempted to rape Esme and forced her to perform a sex act on him when he was unsuccessful.

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Friday marked 10 years since Anthony Kirkland was arrested in the woods after murdering 13-year-old Esme Kenney. It wouldn't take long for police to realize he had killed four other women and burned their bodies. Serial killer Anthony Kirkland to jurors : ' Please spare my life '.

Convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland read a three-minute statement to jurors Friday Cincinnati Kirkland recounted how she turned around and told him, "The way my life is going, death would Serial killer Anthony Kirkland asks jury to spare his life during his re-sentencing for the murders of

The Ohio Supreme Court overturned a previous death sentence for the girls' deaths, prompting the new sentencing hearing. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is again seeking a death sentence.

Jurors can recommend life sentences instead.

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a man sitting at a table: Convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland, 49, reads a statement during his re-sentencing on Friday Aug. 3, 2018, at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati. Kirkland is was convicted of the deaths of Casonya © The Enquirer/Albert Cesare Convicted serial killer Anthony Kirkland, 49, reads a statement during his re-sentencing on Friday Aug. 3, 2018, at the Hamilton County Courthouse in Cincinnati. Kirkland is was convicted of the deaths of Casonya "Sharee" Crawford, 14, in 2006 and Esme Kenney, 13, in 2009. He is serving a life sentence in two other murders.

Kirkland is already serving life in prison for the deaths of Mary Jo Newton, 45, and Kimya Rolison, 25, in 2006. He previously served a 16-year prison sentence for killing Leona Douglas, 28, in 1989.

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Also Friday, Nashville clinical psychologist Patty van Eys testified on Kirkland's behalf, saying Kirkland has post-traumatic stress disorder from an abusive childhood and disassociation disorder, where he has violent episodes without knowing what he is doing. 

Prosecutors, on cross-examination, worked to present Kirkland not as a victim himself, but as a con artist who knew what he was doing.

In a report on Kirkland, Van Eys wrote, "He is compelled to perform a purification ritual so the whole body and soul would go at the same time. He wanted his bodies to be correctly purified."

Assistant Hamilton County Assistant Mark Piepmeier countered: "Are you sure he wasn't trying to destroy evidence?"  

Van Eys: "After coming to see what he did, in a distorted and sick way, he was trying to make things right. I don't know if God was a part of it."

Piepmeier: "Probably not."

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