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Witness challenged on Ohio killer's brain damage
Prosecution challenges defense witness who says Ohio killer of 11 women had brain dysfunction
By The Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) ' The prosecution is challenging a defense witness who says a Cleveland man convicted of killing 11 women has a brain problem that could have been caused by a heart attack.

Neuropsychologist Dale Watson testified Monday in the sentencing phase of the Cleveland trial of 51-year-old Anthony Sowell (SOH'-wehl).

He testified that Sowell's IQ and mental-processing speed rank him low compared to other people.

Under cross-examination, Watson acknowledged that Sowell offered conflicting statements on whether he heard voices. The prosecutor also pressed the witness about Sowell's alcohol and drug abuse and whether that could have affected his brain.

The jury must decide whether to recommend the death sentence or life in prison without parole.

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