Jurors to hear Kirkland's taped confession

Anthony Kirkland
Anthony Kirkland

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Before jurors in the Anthony Kirkland trial entered the court Tuesday morning, Judge Charles Kubicki announced the prosecution may be finished with its case by Thursday, then move on with closing arguments and jury instructions on Friday.

This is only the first phase of the trial - the guilt or innocence phase. Both attorneys say they are confident this trial will reach the second phase, the death penalty phase.

The jury will begin listening to over nine hours of police interviews with Anthony Kirkland. The audio recording will also be transcribed for jurors.

These interviews were recorded when Kirkland was arrested in the murder of Esme Kenney.  On the tapes, attorneys say Kirkland confesses to all four murders he is charged with - Kimya Rolison, Mary Jo Newton, Casonya Crawford and Esme Kenney.

Before opening statements, Kirkland changed his pleas in the two of the murders - Newtown and Rolison. The jury will decide on the other two murders.

Before the interview tapes will be played, jurors will hear testimony from a homicide detective with the Cincinnati Police Department and a member of the Hamilton County Coroner's office.

The nine plus hours of recordings are expected to consume the next few days.

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