Esme Kenney's convicted killer wants a new trial

Anthony Kirkland
Anthony Kirkland
Esme Kenney
Esme Kenney

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - An Ohio convicted serial killer sitting on death row wants a new trial. Lawyers for Anthony Kirkland filed court documents on Feb. 25 saying Kirkland was prejudiced by ineffective lawyers during the trial and sentencing phases.

His new lawyers claim the old ones should have asked for a change of venue because of the media attention of the trial. Kirkland got the death penalty for the murders of Casonya Crawford and Esme Kenney. He also pleaded guilty to the murders of Kimya Rollison and Mary Jo Newton.

Kirkland was accused of grabbing Kenney while she was out jogging. She was strangled and her body was burned. Kirkland was found sleeping in the woods 100 yards from where she was found. He had her watch and iPod in his pocket.

Kirkland is a registered sex offender and convicted killer. He was paroled in 2003 after pleading guilty to manslaughter in 1987.

Kirkland did not testify in his trial, but he did read an unsworn statement saying that he gets angry and can't control himself, and he should never get out of prison.

Kirkland is currently being held at the Mansfield Correction Institute on death row.

The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office has until June 15 to respond to the motion.

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