Kirkland pleads in two cases; witness takes stand in others

by Brad Underwood - email

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Before Kirkland changed his pleas this morning, two jurors were dismissed from the trial.  One, showed up to the crime scene visits Wednesday drunk.  The other was late.  Two alternates have replaced them on the jury.

During opening arguments, prosecutor Joe deters called Kirkland a "vicious serial killer, leaving an overwhelming path of human destruction."

All four brutal murders were talked about by deters and crime scene investigators knew after the second murder, they were dealing with a serial killer in Cincinnati.  All four bodies were found burned, some choked and one stabbed in the neck.

Defense attorney Norm Aubin told the jury during opening statements that the evidence in this case will be bad for his client. But the only factor in this case in evidence not emotion.

Family and friends of Casonya Crawford have taken the stand as well as criminalist from the Cincinnati police department, who examined Crawford's murder scene.

A criminalist from Columbus, Ohio is now the stand.

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Anthony Kirkland has pleaded guilty to two counts of murder and two counts of gross abuse of a corpse, catching the court off guard.  Kirkland's guilty pleas involve the deaths of Kimya Rolison and Mary Jo newton.

Sentencing will not be done today and will take place at another time.

Kirkland is facing 15-life for each of the murders

Opening statements took less than an hour after court resumed at 10 AM.

The prosecution is on their fourth witness. So far Patricia Crawford, Casonya's friend and boyfriend have testified.

An criminalist with CPD is on the stand now who worked the Crawford murder scene.

Family members Esme Kenney and Casonya Crawford are in court this morning.

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