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Anthony Sowell: New Kidnapping, Attempted Murder Charges

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By Kamika Dunlap on March 01, 2010 1:05 PM

Anthony Sowell, already charged in the slayings of 11 women whose bodies were found buried around his home, now faces new charges in a separate case.

According to the Associated Press, a grand jury indicted Sowell of kidnapping, felonious assault and attempted murder charges. The case involves one of the many women who came forward following the discovery of remains in Sowell's home.

As a result, the cold case unit has begun investigating more than 60 unsolved killings of women while Sowell lived in his Cleveland neighborhood. They will review links to any DNA evidence.

Authorities say Sowell had a history of luring women to his Cleveland home and attacking them.

As previously reported, Gladys Wade told her story to the Cleveland Pain Dealer about how she ran to police, bleeding and screaming for help and authorities believed his words over hers.

No charges were filed. Wade said she was afraid to follow up with police because she had a parole violation after her assault charges. She also didn't know if they would believe her.

The circumstances are also similar in this new case against Sowell involving Tanja Doss who managed to escape after Sowell allegedly choked and beat her.

Doss said she didn't tell police earlier because she felt her past conviction on a drug charge made it unlikely they would take her seriously.

However, many of the women who have come forward have prompted law enforcement officials to review cold case files and their possible ties to Sowell more closely.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Sowell who is accused of killing 11 women and burying their remains.

He faces 85 charges in connection with the attacks and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, as previously discussed.

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