Ohio High Court Upholds Serial killer Kirkland’s Death Sentence

Written By: Ishton W. Morton – August 18th, 2020

Kirkland was responsible for the murder of 4 young women in this case and had previously killed another woman.

On Tuesday August 18th, 2020 Anthony Kirkland an insidious Ohio serial killer whose victims included two teenage girls was once again back in court begging for his life.

Ironically, the Ohio’s Supreme Court ruling upheld the death sentence of the lower court.

Reportedly, defendant Anthony Kirkland was originally sentenced to death in 2010 for killing 14-year-old Casonya Crawford in 2006 and 13-year-old Esme Kenney in 2009 in Hamilton County in southwestern Ohio.

Also, Kirkland was convicted of killing two women in 2006 in what prosecutors said was the same ongoing slaying spree and received life sentences for those deaths.

The Ohio Supreme Court upheld Kirkland’s death sentence in 2014, then reversed itself in 2016 to allow Kirkland’s attorneys to present evidence of prosecutorial misconduct, including speculating on Esme’s dying thoughts in closing arguments.

Subsequently, a Hamilton County jury again sentenced Kirkland to death in 2018. On Tuesday the Supreme Court upheld that ruling, rejecting arguments by Kirkland’s attorneys that he should be spared because of the prosecutor’s alleged misconduct, the effects of brain damage Kirkland suffered on his personality and physical, mental and sexual abuse Kirkland experienced during childhood.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters who is seeking re-election commented on the Ohio Supreme Court’s unanimous decision to uphold the conviction of serial killer Anthony Kirkland.

In Prosecutor Deters comments he continued to say,” I am pleased that the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously upheld the conviction of serial killer Anthony Kirkland.

Meanwhile Kirkland’s attorney declined comment.

However, Deters added; “We are very careful in my office about the cases that we present as death penalty eligible.  I instruct my assistants that we only consider the “worst of the worst” cases for the death penalty and proof must be beyond dispute.  We do not make this decision lightly and only seek the death penalty in cases such as this where the facts are beyond horrific and the proof well beyond the reasonable doubt standard.”

It is understood that there are laws must be followed. Conversely; why are serial killers given so many opportunities to avoid paying for their actions. By argument Kirkland’s victims did not have a chance. Their lives were taken away from them. These laws need to be change. Kirkland was responsible for the murder of 4 young women in this case and had previously killed another woman.

Although Hamilton County Prosecutor Joseph T. Deters has said; “I do not seek the death penalty often but when I do, in cases such as Kirkland, it is appropriate. There are some progressive prosecutors around the country who vow never to seek the death penalty, instead preferring to house and feed criminals such as Kirkland for the rest of their life. Kirkland murdered 5 women and, if ever released from prison, would not hesitate to kill again.”

Many are in agreement with him. Yes! There is an ecclesiastical presupposition that state “Let him that is amongst you that is without sin cast the first stone.” However, let him burn.

Author: Ishton W. Morton

Formerly, Ishton W. Morton is an educator and promoter for community advocacy which includes creating programs and services, developing partnerships, and changing public policies, laws, and practices to improve the lifestyle of all people I’m still having an overwhelming desire to provide an Outreach Continuing Education process through this media.