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Jurors hear more of police interviews with Kirkland

Anthony Kirkland crying Tuesday while listening to his taped confession with police after being arrested for the murder of Esme Kenney Anthony Kirkland crying Tuesday while listening to his taped confession with police after being arrested for the murder of Esme Kenney

By Brad Underwood – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Jurors continued to listen to the taped confessions of accused serial killer Anthony Kirkland during his trial.

On Wednesday, they heard his confessions to the murders of Mary Jo Newton and Casonya Crawford.

Kirkland says he and Newton had a sexual relationship and were together the night she was killed. They got into an argument in his van, she hit him and he choked her.

"I choked her from behind," said Kirkland on the audio recording with Cincinnati police.

Kirkland says he did not have sex with her after she was dead and that he burned her body shortly after she died.

"I set her on fire to purify her, that's what fire does, it purifies," said Kirkland.

He then tells Cincinnati homicide detective Bill Hilbert he used gasoline that was in his van to start the fire.

About twenty minutes later, he describes a similar death for Casonya Crawford.

They ran into each other near the Interstate 71 overpass in Avondale. Kirkland says he gave the then 14-year-old $20 and she threw it back at him. He then said he "lost it."

"I grabbed her," said Kirkland. "She kicked me in the knee and then I choked her from behind."

Kirkland then dragged her to the dead end Blair Street, and set her on fire.

"Its part of the ritual," said Kirkland. "Its part of the burial process."

Kirkland then covered her body with tires because he says he was scared. Police found Casonya two days later.

Tuesday, the jury heard four hours of an interview with Kirkland and Cincinnati homicide detective Keith Witherell.

Two hours into that interview, Kirkland began telling the truth about the day he "ran into" 13-year-old Esme Kenney while she was jogging at the reservoir across the street from her home on Winton Ridge.

"I kicked her, punched her in the stomach, and stomped her," said Kirkland

There's over nine hours of taped interviews that the jury will listen to this week.

During Thursday's portion, Kirkland will confess to killing to Esme Kenney.

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