Trial date set for Ohio man in teen's slaying

Anthony Kirkland (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)
Anthony Kirkland (Courtesy Hamilton County Sheriff's Office)

CINCINNATI (AP) - A November trial has been scheduled for a registered sex offender charged in the strangulation death of a Cincinnati teenager last month.

Forty-year-old Anthony Kirkland has pleaded not guilty to aggravated murder in the death of 13-year-old Esme Kenney. Police say they found him March 8 near the girl's partly burned body in woods near her home.

Trial was set for Nov. 2 when Kirkland appeared Wednesday in Hamilton County Common Pleas Court. A judge ordered him held on $5.3 million bond.

Kirkland also is charged in the 2006 deaths of a woman and a teenager.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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