Anthony Kirkland re-sentencing: Jurors hear serial killer describe running into final victim

Jury hears Kirkland confess to murder
Anthony Kirkland in court in December 2016 (FOX19 NOW file)
Anthony Kirkland in court in December 2016 (FOX19 NOW file)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Jurors in the re-sentencing trial of serial killer Anthony Kirkland are still listening to Kirkland's confession tape.

The trial left off Friday with jurors listening to Kirkland describe to interrogators the moment he ran into his final victim, 13-year-old Esme Kenney.

FOX19 NOW is providing gavel-to-gavel coverage of the trial.

Kirkland will take the stand in his defense.

Jurors heard last week Kirkland's 9-hour confession to police. He said he "kicked" and "punched" Esme when she ran into him head-on and knocked a beer out of his hands at the Winton Hills reservoir on March 7, 2009.

He proceeded to beat her until he claims she ran away from him.

When he caught up with her, he claims she kept apologizing and saying it was an accident, even as he kicked and beat her repeatedly.

Jurors also heard the moment interrogators told Kirkland that police had found Esme dead and missing clothing items.

The day before, jurors heard emotional testimony from Esme's mother and the father of Kimya Rolison, 25.

Opening statements began Wednesday, when jurors traveled to the reservoir to see the spot where Esme was killed.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters is seeking the death penalty once again for the man convicted in a 2010 jury trial of killing two women and two young teens between 2006 and 2009.

The other victims are Casonya Crawford, 14 and Mary Jo Newton, 45.

Kirkland was sentenced to life in prison for the women's murders and then sentenced to death for what he did to Esme and Casonya.

Serial killer gets 2nd chance at life

His convictions stand, but the state's top court tossed out Kirkland's death sentence and ordered a re-sentencing due to statements Deters made during closing arguments.

Now, a new jury will decide if Kirkland should be put to death or allowed to live.

Even his own attorney says he should never be a free man again.

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