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Accused Milwaukee Serial Killer To Plead Innocent

Published On: Sep 16 2009 01:29:44 AM CDT   Updated On: Sep 16 2009 01:30:27 AM CDT
MILWAUKEE -

The attorney for a Milwaukee man charged in the homicides of seven women said his client isn't responsible for the deaths.

Walter Ellis faces five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree murder.

Ellis is suspected in killings from 1986 to 2007. Police said the 49-year-old's DNA was found on nine female victims, ages 16 to 41.

His attorney, Russell Jones, said on Wednesday he hasn't seen all the evidence, but that Ellis plans to plead not guilty.

Investigators said that they believe eight of the nine victims were prostitutes who were strangled, although one was stabbed in the neck as well, and one was a runaway whose throat was cut. Ellis hasn't been charged in the deaths of the runaway and one of the suspected prostitutes.

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