Jurors hear more testimony in Kirkland trial

Anthony Kirkland
Anthony Kirkland

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Prosecutors are calling more witnesses Friday in the second day of trial for Anthony Kirkland, who is facing trial for the murders of Esme Kenney and Casonya Crawford.

Before Thursday's opening statements in Cincinnati, Anthony Kirkland pleaded guilty to murdering two women - Mary Jo Newton and Kimya Rolison. He was to have been tried in all four killings.

Friday morning, the sister of Mary Jo Newton, Barb McAvoy, took the witness stand.

McAvoy told the jury about the downfall that in the end led to her sister's death. McAvoy says Mary Jo started getting into drugs, had bi-polar disorder and hung out with the wrong crowd.

She last saw her sister about month before her body was found back in 2006, when she came back home to visit her sister and mother.

McAvoy did say Newton spent time in the Psychiatric unit at University Hospital in March of 2006, shortly before her disappearance.

Mona Stephens, of the Hamilton County Coroners offices also testified Friday.

Stephens worked the crime scene of Newton, and says the burns on the body were fourth degree burns.

"That's when the muscle and everything burns up," said Stephens.

Stephens also recounts how the right foot was found on the other side of the fence, by the interstate, and had animal bite marks.

More expert witnesses are expected to take the stand Friday.

In his opening on Thursday, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters called Kirkland a vicious serial killer. Defense attorney Norm Aubin told jurors that Kirkland admitted to police that he killed the women and the teens.

Kirkland could receive the death penalty if convicted in the teens' killings.

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