Judge Re-Sentences Serial Killer Kirkland to Death


( Hamilton County ) - Earlier this month, a jury recommended that convicted killer Anthony Kirkland be given the death penalty for the murders of four women and girls. On Tuesday, the judge agreed with that recommendation.

Judge Patrick Dinkelacker sentenced Kirkland to be executed for the rapes and murders of 14-year-old Casonya Crawford and 13-year-old Esme Kenney. Kirkland was sentenced to death after a trial in 2010, but only for the murders of two adult women: Mary Jo Newton and Kimya Rolinson. Comments by Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters led to the Ohio Supreme Court overturning that death sentence.

"Narcissistic isn't even the tip of the iceburg. He's just a homicidal piece of human garbage. That's what he is," said Deters on the air with Bill Cunningham on Tuesday. Deters says Kirkland showed no remorse during the sentencing hearing, offering no apology, and that when he was asked if he'd like to say anything to the judge, he brought up debt in the prison commissary.

Appeals are expected, but as of Tuesday's sentencing, Kirkland is set to die on March 7, 2019, marking exactly ten years since the murder of 13-year-old Kenney, Kirkland's last victim before he was arrested.