(Cincinnati, Oh.)--The Death sentence for a man who killed two teens has been upheld by Ohio Supreme Court.
Anthony Kirkland was convicted in 2010, of aggravated murder, attempted rape, gross abuse of a corpse, and aggravated robbery, in the girl’s death. Before his trial he also plead guilty to killing two other women. He is currently being housed in the Chillicothe Correctional Institution.
The Supreme Court's 4-3 decision Tuesday, rejected arguments by Kirkland's attorneys that the prosecutor's remarks - which implied that without a death sentence the girls' deaths would go unpunished - aggravated the jury to the point Kirkland he should have been resentenced.
14-year-old Casonya Crawford of Cincinnati was killed by Kirkland in 2006, and 13-year-old Esme Kenney, of Cincinnati was killed in 2009.
Kirkland was arrested near the spot where police found Esme Kenney’s body, in possession of her watch and iPod.
Since Kenney’s death, police have a new protocol for missing juveniles called ‘ESME Training."
Cincinnati Police Department, has designated a squad of specially trained officers to immediately respond and determine the best course of actions to find the missing juvenile.
The ESME program is based on national best practices, resources from the University of Cincinnati Police Institute (UCPI), Association of Police Communications Officers (APCO), National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), just to name a few.