The case against Anthony Sowell, a Cleveland man accused of killing 11 women and keeping their remains at his house on Imperial Avenue, has been transferred to the docket of Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Dick Ambrose.

Ambrose was chosen through a random draw conducted by Administrative Judge Nancy Fuerst. He is the third judge on the case.

The first judge, Timothy McGinty, stepped down in December.

Ohio Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice Paul E. Pfeifer on Thursday removed Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold from hearing the case.

Pfeifer made the ruling based on comments posted on about the Sowell case. The comments were posted through a username created with an AOL e-mail address used by Saffold. The judge has denied making the comments, and her 23-year-old daughter has said she posted them.

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