Sex Offender Charged With Murder After 3 Women Found In Clevelan - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Sex Offender Charged With Murder After 3 Women Found In Cleveland Suburb

Posted: Updated:
Michael Madison glances at court-appointed attorney Marlene Rideenour during his arraignment in East Cleveland on Monday. Michael Madison glances at court-appointed attorney Marlene Rideenour during his arraignment in East Cleveland on Monday.

NBCNEWS.COM - Prosecutors charged a registered sex offender with murder and other felony charges after the discovery over the weekend of three female bodies wrapped in garbage bags in an impoverished Cleveland suburb.

Michael Madison, 35, was charged with three counts each of aggravated murder and kidnapping in connection with the deaths of three women whose bodies were discovered Friday and Saturday in the city of East Cleveland, Mayor Gary Norton said at a Monday press conference.

Judge William L. Dawson told Madison at his arraignment Monday that the murder charges are punishable by a possible death penalty or life in prison. Madison, a registered sex offender, appeared stoic and unblinking. He did not enter a plea during the hearing, where bail was set at $6 million, and waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Norton earlier identified one of three victims as Angela Deskins, a resident of Cleveland believed to be 38, whose body was found in a backyard Saturday – the second grisly discovery during a macabre police search through the city. She was identified through fingerprints.

The two other victims – one found in a garage after police responded to a report of a foul odor Friday, the other found in the basement of a vacant house Saturday – have not yet been identified, Norton said. A medical examiner Monday said that it may be difficult to identify those victims because their bodies are so badly decomposed.

Officials said one of the two "Jane Doe" victims has several tattoos that they hope will provide clues to her identity, including two tattoos that say "Gene" and one, on the left breast, featuring the name of hip-hop artist Lil Wayne.

Norton told The Plain Dealer newspaper that Madison indicated in police interviews that he might have been influenced by Anthony Sowell, who is on death row for killing 11 women ages 24 to 52 at his home in the city.

Sowell, who is also a convicted sex offender, was captured in 2009. In court papers, prosecutors described him as "the worst offender in the history of Cuyahoga County and arguably the State of Ohio."

Two months ago, Cleveland was shocked by the escapes of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. Ariel Castro was charged with 977 counts in connection with the abduction and rape of the women, who were held captive in his Seymour Avenue home for more than a decade.

Police arrested Madison on Friday, hours after investigators found the first victim's body in a garage.

Authorities continued looking for more possible victims into Sunday night before calling off the search, East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts told reporters.

"We officially found nothing," he said. "We will not pick up the search again."

During the search, a cadaver dog led investigators to a lot near the area where the three others bodies were found, according WKYC. Other cadaver dogs also hinted at the same area. The bodies were found about 100 to 200 yards apart.

Nathenia Crosby, 48, said Madison was a neighbor who concerned her because of his interest in her daughter.

"It's very scary, especially when he used to be talking to my daughter," she told the Associated Press. "But I told him he was too old to be talking to my daughter, because she was only 19. When I found out how old he was, I said, 'You need to move on; she's too young.'"

Teenager Daniqwa Martin told the Associated Press she smelled an odor near the house Tuesday but ignored it, thinking it was a dead animal. Martin, 16, said Madison had offered her a ride in the past but she always declined.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiners Office told reporters it may take up to several days as they work to identify the dead women because the bodies are in an advanced state of decomposition, WKYC said.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • PHOTOS: Wildfires in Central Washington

    PHOTOS: Wildfires in Central Washington

    Tuesday, August 19 2014 1:39 PM EDT2014-08-19 17:39:31 GMT
    KHQ.COM - It has been an intense year for wildfires all over the northwest. The photos in this slideshow were taken 8/7 - 8/11 by KHQ photographer Reed Schmitt. Most of the photos are from the Methow Valley area around Winthrop. A few shots are from the North Cascades Smokejumper Base and also from a horseback ride at Sun Mountain near Patterson Lake. The final shot is of Grand Coulee Dam almost completely obscured by smoke.>>
    KHQ.COM - It has been an intense year for wildfires all over the northwest. The photos in this slideshow were taken 8/7 - 8/11 by KHQ photographer Reed Schmitt. Most of the photos are from the Methow Valley area around Winthrop. A few shots are from the North Cascades Smokejumper Base and also from a horseback ride at Sun Mountain near Patterson Lake. The final shot is of Grand Coulee Dam almost completely obscured by smoke.>>
  • CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Lightning strike nearly hits Hayden woman

    CAUGHT ON VIDEO: Lightning strike nearly hits Hayden woman

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 2:46 AM EDT2014-08-20 06:46:00 GMT
    HAYDEN, Idaho- A Hayden woman says her mother is extremely lucky to be alive after a bolt of lightning struck a foot away from her. It happened Tuesday evening when a storm system rolled through, bringing lightning, thunder, rain and hail.>>
    HAYDEN, Idaho- A Hayden woman says her mother is extremely lucky to be alive after a bolt of lightning struck a foot away from her. It happened Tuesday evening when a storm system rolled through, bringing lightning, thunder, rain and hail.>>
  • Overcrowding issues

    Overcrowding issues

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 12:22 AM EDT2014-08-20 04:22:25 GMT
    It's an issue many counties are dealing with, overcrowding in the jails. And it's an issue the Kootenai county commissioners say they've been trying to correct over the years with bond elections. "we have a chronic problem with overcrowding. In 2013, we spent more than 900 thousand dollars to send inmates out of county to find housing," said county commissioner Dan Green.  >>
    It's an issue many counties are dealing with, overcrowding in the jails. And it's an issue the Kootenai county commissioners say they've been trying to correct over the years with bond elections. "we have a chronic problem with overcrowding. In 2013, we spent more than 900 thousand dollars to send inmates out of county to find housing," said county commissioner Dan Green.  >>
  • National NewsMore>>

  • Wife: Robin Williams had early stages of Parkinson's Disease at time of death

    Wife: Robin Williams had early stages of Parkinson's Disease at time of death

    Thursday, August 14 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-08-14 19:26:01 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Actor and comedian Robin Williams was sober but struggling with the early stages of Parkinson's Disease at the time of his death, according to his wife. Williams' wife released the following statement Thursday:>>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - Actor and comedian Robin Williams was sober but struggling with the early stages of Parkinson's Disease at the time of his death, according to his wife. Williams' wife released the following statement Thursday:>>
  • Passenger plane crashes in Iran

    Passenger plane crashes in Iran

    Sunday, August 10 2014 2:15 AM EDT2014-08-10 06:15:55 GMT
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - State television in Iran is reporting that a small passenger plane has crashed into a residential complex in the capital, Tehran. There was no immediate word on casualties from the crash Sunday.State TV reported that a Taban Air plane crashed while taking off from an airport west of Tehran. >>
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - State television in Iran is reporting that a small passenger plane has crashed into a residential complex in the capital, Tehran. There was no immediate word on casualties from the crash Sunday.State TV reported that a Taban Air plane crashed while taking off from an airport west of Tehran. >>
  • General is highest ranking Army officer killed in Iraq or Afghanistan

    General is highest ranking Army officer killed in Iraq or Afghanistan

    Tuesday, August 5 2014 5:00 PM EDT2014-08-05 21:00:13 GMT
    WASHINGTON (AP) - An American general has become the highest-ranking U.S. Army officer to be killed in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. >>
    WASHINGTON (AP) - An American general has become the highest-ranking U.S. Army officer to be killed in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars. A Pentagon spokesman says the general was killed in an apparent insider attack today by a member of the Afghan security forces. The shooting wounded another 15 people, about half of them Americans.>>