Judge Removed From Case Of 11 Cleveland Killings

CLEVELAND — The Ohio Supreme Court has ordered a judge removed from the trial of a man suspected of killing 11 women whose remains were found around his home. An order signed by acting Chief Justice Paul Pfeifer on Thursday says Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County Common Pleas Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold must step down to avoid an appearance of bias or prejudice. Attorneys for Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl) asked the court to remove Saffold. They claim Saffold made biased comments about him and a defense attorney in postings on a newspaper's website. The judge has denied posting the comments. Her daughter has claimed responsibility. Saffold is the second judge off the case. The first judge stepped down in December after a newspaper published his e-mails. Sowell has pleaded not guilty in the Cleveland killings.