Serial killer voices remorse before jury
CLEVELAND (AP) -- The man convicted of killing 11 women and dumping their remains around his property apologized Monday in front of relatives of his victims and the jury that will decide whether to recommend the death penalty.
"Well, the only thing I want to say is, I'm sorry," Anthony Sowell, 51, said during the sentencing portion of his trial.
The prosecution wasn't allowed to cross-examine Sowell, leaving unspoken the question of why he killed the victims and attacked three other women who survived and testified against him.
After apologizing, he added, "I know that might not sound like much, but I truly am sorry from the bottom of my heart."
Some relatives of victims wiped away tears as Sowell made his first detailed public comments since his arrest nearly two years ago.
After state rebuttal witnesses, attorneys for both sides will make their final arguments to the jury, and deliberations will begin.
Police document case against accused teen
FORT PIERCE, Fla. (AP) -- A teenager accused of killing his parents with a hammer showed his friends thousands of dollars in cash before holding a party at their home, according to police documents released Monday.
Documents in the case include photographs of Tyler Hadley, 17, at a Chase ATM on July 16, hours after his parents were killed at their house in Port St. Lucie.
Friends he later picked up en route to the party say he showed them about $5,000 in cash.
He is being held in the deaths of Blake and Mary-Jo Hadley.
According to the documents, Hadley made a Facebook posting at 1:15 p.m. the day of the deaths, saying "party at my crib tonight maybe." He told friends, according to their remarks to police, that he killed his parents at about 5 p.m.
Cleaning up the mess, he told friends, took hours. About 60 people gathered for the party. Hadley eventually confided in a friend at the party, and the secret began making its way to others. He was arrested early the next morning after tips to police.
Heat in Oklahoma breaks a record
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sweltering may have reached a new record last month, as Oklahoma racked up the country's highest monthly average temperature for any month in any state.
The state's average for July was 89.1 degrees. That tops an average of 88.1 set in July 1954, said Gary McManus, associate Oklahoma state climatologist.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Monday that last month was the fourth hottest July on record for the U.S. and that Texas and Oklahoma had their warmest months on record.
"We've been beating temperature records left and right, from the 1930s Dust Bowl drought and the 1950s drought," McManus said.
The July average for Texas was 87.1 degrees.
Nationwide, in the past 30 days 3,709 high temperature records have been set or tied.