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http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090.../1055/NEWS


Police knew Anthony Kirkland was dangerous long before they found him sleeping in the woods of Winton Hills Saturday night near the body of Esme Kenney.
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They knew he had fatally beaten and burned a woman more than 20 years ago. They knew he was a convicted sex offender. They knew a halfway house had evicted him in late February and he was suspected of a crime spree that included an assault, a stabbing and threats against the mother of his child.

So when they found Kirkland on the edge of the wooded area near where Esme went jogging, her watch and iPod in his pocket, they immediately suspected the worst.

They found the 13-year-old girl’s body three hours later, about 100 yards away, her body hidden under brush in the heavily wooded area across the street from her Winton Hills home.

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The question many now are asking is why a man with Kirkland’s criminal history – a man authorities say may be linked to two other, unsolved homicides – was walking free in the first place.

“We are examining everything in this case, including why somebody like this is walking around on our streets,” Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said. “Frankly it doesn’t surprise me anymore, but it is very upsetting.”

Kirkland, 40, is facing eight charges: murder, abduction, aggravated burglary, felonious assault, domestic violence, aggravated menacing, violation of a protection order and failure to provide notification related to Esme’s death and three other crimes in the last 10 days.

Bond was set Monday at $5,325,000.

Cincinnati police say they are looking at Kirkland in connection to two 2006 homicides, 45-year-old Mary Jo Newton and 14-year-old Casonya “Sharee” Crawford, whose burned bodies were found in secluded areas of Avondale in May and June of 2006.

Hamilton County Coroner O’dell Owens said the killer attempted to burn Esme’s body, but he would not elaborate since his office had not made a final determination about how she died.

Kirkland’s arrest Saturday was not his first for a violent crime. He was convicted in 1987 of killing a woman by beating her and setting her on fire while she was still alive, a crime for which he served 16 years in prison.

While on parole for that crime, he was arrested for asking a 13-year-old girl for sex. That landed him in an Over-the-Rhine halfway house run by Volunteers of America. The halfway house released him Feb. 27 after officials there said he got into a fight with another resident.

Police were called to the halfway house, but did not arrest Kirkland. Officials at the halfway house then released Kirkland, but did not notify his parole officer until two days later.

“We are examining what occurred,” said Chris Lohrman, president of Volunteers of America.

Esme left her Winton Hills home at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday afternoon to jog around a reservoir, a route she had taken many times with her parents.

Saturday, she went alone, but her parents knew when she was leaving and expected her home within a half an hour, said Cincinnati Spokesman Lt. Mark Briede. When she wasn’t back in that allotted time, they called police, who responded to the home and took a missing person’s report.

“(Kenney)...went for a jog around water tower approx. 1545 and has not been seen since. Not usual for daughter to be gone this long and doesn’t often go for runs,” the report taker wrote.

Police started searching immediately, Briede said.

The news that Esme was dead spread quickly through her neighborhood and school. Flowers adorned her locker at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and visitors bearing flowers flocked to the family home in Winton Hills.

Esme’s parents, Tom and Lisa Kenney, weren’t surprised by the response. They said their daughter not only wanted to enrich her own life, but also the lives of others.

“Esme was outgoing and loving. She had a poet’s sense of life,” her mother said. “You hear that you’re not supposed to be friends with your child, but with Esme you couldn’t help it.”

Relatives said Esme was a talented musician who played guitar and pursued anything that interested her with a passion. They said she wanted to learn as much as she could about the world around her.

She enjoyed the outdoors, had recently taken up photography and was an avid swimmer who had passed a boating course last summer.

“Esme had an enthusiasm for everything she did in life,” said her brother, Brian. “Her personality was giving, kind and open-hearted. Her enthusiasm was infectious.”

As friends and family mourned Esme’s loss, some also expressed anger and frustration over Kirkland’s suspected involvement.

“Parents are outraged,” said Leuna Kelly, of Northside, as she picked up her child and friends Monday at the School for the Creative and Performing Arts. “His criminal record is unbelievable. He was building up to this. He took a light and put it out.”

Esme’s cousin, Brad Kenney, said the family would not comment on the investigation, but he said the tragedy is another reminder that the justice system needs to do a better job identifying the criminals who can be rehabilitated, and those who cannot.

“There are some criminals that are absolutely beyond rehabilitation and need to be kept permanently locked up,” he said.

Authorities had been looking for Kirkland for more than a week, ever since his release from the halfway house.

Prison records show Kirkland was sentenced in 1987 to seven to 25 years in prison on charges of voluntary manslaughter and aggravated arson. Kirkland, who was 18 at the time, was charged with murder and arson for assaulting Leola Douglas, dousing her with lighter fluid and setting fire to her. Douglas apparently was alive when Kirkland set the fire and her severely burned body was found at the top of some stairs leading into Kirkland’s house in Walnut Hills.

Police said Kirkland confessed to the 1987 crime shortly after his arrest. His lawyer at the time said Kirkland and Douglas argued after she threatened to expose an affair Kirkland was having with a married woman. Kirkland served 16 years and was released on parole Sept. 3, 2003.

The following October, he was released from parole, having committed no new crimes.

In January, 2005, Kirkland was accused of breaking into a neighbor’s Evanston home and raping her at knifepoint. He was acquitted of that charge.

He was convicted twice in 2007, once for threatening to kill his 18-month-old son and again for soliciting sex from a 13-year-old girl. He also appeared in court after a group of people sought a protection order against him. Court records don’t say why they wanted protection, but a judge ordered Kirkland to stay away from them.

Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Melba Marsh sentenced Kirkland to the one-year maximum sentence for soliciting sex from the teenaged girl, followed by five more years on parole. Marsh also designated Kirkland a sex offender and ordered him to annually register his name on a public list and any time he moves.

Marsh recalled the case and described Kirkland as “sinister.”

“From testimony, there is no doubt about it, he was a predator,” Marsh said.

Kirkland finished the prison term on Oct. 20, 2008 then was ordered to the Pogue Rehabilitation Center, the Over-the-Rhine halfway house.

Kirkland was not participating in the center’s sex offender program, Lohrman said. He said to protect Kirkland’s privacy he could not explain why.

Events at the halfway house on the night of Friday, Feb. 27 set in a motion a crime spree, according to the Adult Parole Authority, police and court records.

Kirkland fought with another inmate late that night. Police were called, but the inmate did not want to press charges, Lohrman said.

Because fighting isn’t allowed, Kirkland was thrown out. Police escorted him away but did not arrest him because the other resident wouldn’t press charges.

By leaving and not registering his address elsewhere, Kirkland broke the law.

Volunteers of America didn’t report Kirkland leaving until the following Monday morning, according to Lohrman and Andrea Carson, a spokeswoman for the parole authority.

Lohrman said workers have no way of contacting parole officers on the weekend. Carson disputed that, saying workers there do have contact information for parole officers.

Briede said it’s unclear what information officers had about Kirkland when he was leaving.

After learning about Kirkland, Cincinnati City Councilman Chris Monzel called on state officials to stop sending sex offenders to Cincinnati for treatment and to help close the Pogue Center, something he’d asked the state to do in 2006.

“For years the Volunteers of America have been running facilities in Cincinnati that have made our city a virtual dumping ground for sexual predators from all over the state,” Monzel said. “It’s time for this facility to close once and for all and the only way this is going to happen is if the state to stops paroling them here after being released from prison.”

On March 1 – before authorities knew Kirkland had left – he was accused of breaking into an Avondale home, hiding in the bathroom and then attacking Frederick Hughes when he came home, stabbing him with a pair of scissors 10 times, according to court records. Hughes was treated at the hospital and survived.

Learning what happened on Monday, parole officers began looking for Kirkland immediately, Carson said.

On March 4, a warrant was issued on a charge for failing to provide notice of change of address.

The search lasted through the week, with the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team joining the search on Thursday, March 5.

That day, he is accused of threatening the mother of his child with a knife, a violation of a protection order put in place in 2007.

On Saturday, the day Esme went for jog, police were still looking for Kirkland.
 
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until there's a new jail or something along that line is built, we're going to see a lot more of this, just stroll over to Hamilton county clerks website and youll be amazed at how many of these nuts live close to you.
 
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I don't get it either. This animal should have at least been locked up for life the first time.
 
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Prosecutors tried to keep Kirkland jailed
By Kimball Perry • kperry@enquirer.com • March 11, 2009

Had Ohio Parole Board members heeded a request from the office Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters 12 years ago, Anthony Kirkland would still be behind bars and Esme Kenney would be alive.

In a Jan. 30, 1997, letter to the Parole Board, assistant prosecutor Jennifer E. Day asked that Kirkland be imprisoned “until he has served every day of his maximum sentence” following his guilty plea in a killing.

Kirkland was 18 when he was sentenced to 7-25 years following his 1987 conviction for the strangulation killing of Leola Douglas, whose body Kirkland then set on fire – allegations very similar to those made in Kenney’s killing.

The letter reveals that Kirkland not only set the woman on fire using lighter fluid, he also spread gasoline around the house and set the house on fire before he fled. A relative was trapped in the fire but was rescued by firefighters. Kirkland had been living there with relatives.

Kirkland served 16 years in prison for that conviction. He was not released on parole in 1997, but was released in 2003.

Had he served his entire sentence, Kirkland would be released in 2012 – three years from now.

In addition to being accused of the 13-year-old girl’s death, Kirkland also is a suspect in the death of two others, a woman and a teenaged girl, both of whom were burned and killed.

Deters’ letter came after his office agreed to a plea bargain that resulted in Kirkland pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and aggravated arson in 1987. He originally had been charged with murder, which carried a maximum prison sentence of life.

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090...eakingnews
 
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UPDATE: Kirkland confesses to teen's murder

Updated by Amber Jenkins - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The man who is charged with the murder of a local teen has admitted to police that he is responsible.

FOX19 has confirmed that Anthony Kirkland has confessed to Cincinnati Police that he killed 13-year-old Esme Kenney.

Kirkland is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $ 5.3 million dollar bond.

http://www.fox19.com:80/global/story.asp?s=9979392
 
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(03-12-2009 11:19 AM)ctipton Wrote:  UPDATE: Kirkland confesses to teen's murder

Updated by Amber Jenkins - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The man who is charged with the murder of a local teen has admitted to police that he is responsible.

FOX19 has confirmed that Anthony Kirkland has confessed to Cincinnati Police that he killed 13-year-old Esme Kenney.

Kirkland is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $ 5.3 million dollar bond.

http://www.fox19.com:80/global/story.asp?s=9979392


bullet, meet dirtbag...problem solved!
 
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String the sonofabitch up on Fountain square.
 
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(03-12-2009 01:15 PM)beck Wrote:  String the sonofabitch up on Fountain square.

Next to the corpse f**ker.
 
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(03-12-2009 11:47 AM)Tomcat Wrote:  
(03-12-2009 11:19 AM)ctipton Wrote:  UPDATE: Kirkland confesses to teen's murder

Updated by Amber Jenkins - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The man who is charged with the murder of a local teen has admitted to police that he is responsible.

FOX19 has confirmed that Anthony Kirkland has confessed to Cincinnati Police that he killed 13-year-old Esme Kenney.

Kirkland is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $ 5.3 million dollar bond.

http://www.fox19.com:80/global/story.asp?s=9979392


bullet, meet dirtbag...problem solved!

Yep, give him a $0.35 trial. The cost of 1 round of .45acp. Bullet to the back of the head.
 
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(03-12-2009 11:47 AM)Tomcat Wrote:  
(03-12-2009 11:19 AM)ctipton Wrote:  UPDATE: Kirkland confesses to teen's murder

Updated by Amber Jenkins - email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The man who is charged with the murder of a local teen has admitted to police that he is responsible.

FOX19 has confirmed that Anthony Kirkland has confessed to Cincinnati Police that he killed 13-year-old Esme Kenney.

Kirkland is currently being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center on a $ 5.3 million dollar bond.

http://www.fox19.com:80/global/story.asp?s=9979392


bullet, meet dirtbag...problem solved!

What is really so sad is that the problem wouldn't be solved. The little girl is dead and gone.

Don't get me wrong, I am all for the death penalty. But I can only imagine what the girls parents are going through.

I am sure I would be emotionaly invested in making sure the killer got the death penalty if one of my children was murdered. But I am equally sure that regardless of whether the killer was put to death or not, my life would be ruined due to the death of my child.

Add to that the fact that we all know that the sicko almost certainly put her through some horrible things before she died.
 
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New indictment expected today against Kirkland

By Kimball Perry • kperry@enquirer.com • March 17, 2009

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters has called a 4:15 p.m. press conference today where it’s expected he will announce the indictment of Anthony Kirkland for at least one – and likely more – killings.

Kirkland, 40, was arrested March 7 and charged with murder after Cincinnati police found him near the partially burned body of 13-year-old Esme Kenney in woods near her home.

The indictment likely will include enough of the necessary charges to allow Deters to seek the death penalty against Kirkland.

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090.../303160082
 
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Kirkland indicted for killing 3
By Kimball Perry • kperry@enquirer.com • March 17, 2009

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Anthony Kirkland at his arraignment last week on charges he kidnapped and murdered 13-year-old Esme Kenney.

Anthony Kirkland should be executed for killing 13-year-old Esme Kenney earlier this month and two women in 2006, Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters said today after a grand jury indicted Kirkland on three aggravated murder charges.

Deters announced his office would seek the death penalty against Kirkland, 40. “He’s a serial killer. He deserves nothing less than execution,” Deters said during his late afternoon press conference.

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Kirkland was charged with abducting Esme as she jogged March 7 near her Winton Hills home, sexually assaulting her and strangling her, perhaps with her own clothing. Kirkland then used those clothes, officials said, to try to burn Esme’s body.

Officials said Kirkland exhibited an animalistic anger when he so violently strangled the 5-foot, 4-inch, 100-pound girl that the capillaries in her cheeks and eyes burst.

While the charges involving Esme are the most recent and well-known, Kirkland also is charged with killing two other women, and like he allegedly did with Esme, burning their bodies to cover up evidence.

Those women are:

Casonya “Sharee” Crawford, 14, whose body was found May 11, 2006, in Avondale in a pile of burned tires. One tire was around her neck.

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Mary Jo Newton, 45, a mother of two, whose body was found June 15, 2006. Newton’s body was so badly burned that dental records were required to identify her.

The deaths aren’t the first time Kirkland has been accused of killing someone.

He was convicted in 1987 – at age 18 – of choking and beating Leola Douglas, 28, after an argument, then dousing her body with lighter fluid, setting her on fire and killing her. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and served 16 years in prison.

In the most recent case, Esme disappeared as she went for a routine jog near her home. About 30 minutes after Kenney was due home, her parents contacted police and began searching the area.

Seven hours later, police found what appeared to be a homeless man asleep against a tree in some nearby woods. He told them his name was Anthony Palemore and gave them a fake date of birth and Social Security number.

Police became suspicious when they saw the tips of two knives sticking out of the man’s pockets. They handcuffed him and then learned his real name – Anthony Kirkland – and his deadly criminal history.

Also on Kirkland at the time were a purple watch and white iPod, items Esme’s parents later identified as belonging to their daughter.

Police took him in for questioning. In the middle of that interview, police found the naked and partially burned body of the teen in the woods near where Kirkland was found.

Esme wasn’t raped, Hamilton County Coroner O’Dell Owens said, but her body showed signs of sexual assault.

When police at the scene heard Kirkland’s name, it didn’t surprise them. He was a suspect in both of the 2006 killings, but not charged – until today.

Police questioned Kirkland about the slayings of Crawford and Newton but released him because they did not have enough evidence. Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher said, referring to Kirkland as a "one-in-a-million nightmare.”

“He was a cunning guy. He’s smart and knew how to go about his business,” said Streicher. “He covered his tracks through murder and the destruction of evidence.”

Prosecutors were concerned about the case last week when they learned the Kenney family opposed capital punishment.

When they called the family last week to tell them they likely would seek the death penalty for Kirkland, the teen’s father informed prosecutors they didn’t believe in execution. The teen’s mother was heard shouting her opposition to capital punishment in the background of the same call.

The Kenney family met with prosecutors today and decided not to oppose Deters’ attempt to have Kirkland executed.

“I met with them this morning,” Deters said. “It’s a beautiful family who lost a beautiful girl.”

Esme’s cousin, Brad Kenney, said family members have mixed feelings about the death penalty, but all agree prosecutors need to do whatever is necessary to keep Kirkland off the streets.

“We’re a big family, with a lot of strong-minded people, so we’re not of one mind as far as the death penalty is concerned,” Kenney said. “One thing we’re unanimous on is that Anthony Kirkland and other predators like him never rejoin free society.”

Kenney said he and Esme’s other relatives remain concerned about a justice system that allowed Kirkland to go free, beginning with the Ohio Parole Board’s decision in 2003 to release Kirkland after he had served 16 years for voluntary manslaughter.

“How this monster got paroled is beyond our ability to comprehend, and shows yet another point of breakdown for the criminal justice system,” Kenney said.

The Volunteers of America, an agency that runs a local halfway house for sex offenders, kicked Kirkland out of its program – and his home – for fighting late Feb. 27, a Friday night. It didn’t contact Kirkland’s parole officer until Monday to alert the department he was free.

Kirkland, police said, then went on a crime spree that culminated with Kenney’s death.

“Don’t you think we would have (arrested him) if we would have known or if we were able to?” Streicher asked.

The majority of Cincinnati’s City Council called for the VOA program to be closed. A majority last week called on Gov. Ted Strickland to close the center.

On Friday, the state issued an order that parolees are not to be evicted until parole workers are notified.

Other changes could be coming.

The VOA program is one of 23 halfway houses the state uses and is one of three in Ohio that treat sex offenders.

Today, Councilmember Cecil Thomas – who last week did not sign the letter urging the state to close the center – spoke out. “Cincinnati is a dumping ground,” he said. He also said the center, on West McMicken Avenue, is a concern, considering the number of playgrounds near a home for sex offenders.

“I would hope there is a possibility that it could move to a better location,” Thomas said. “But the greater issue is, are there other Anthony Kirklands out there?” Thomas asked.

Chris Lohrman, president of the center, said he is willing to move but wouldn’t talk specifically about the issue.

A team of workers from the state is expected to arrive in Cincinnati, possibly Thursday, to review the case.

Kirkland also has spent time behind bars for putting a skewer to the throat of his 18-month-old son and for soliciting sex from a 13-year-old girl. He was acquitted in another case of rape.

Of Ohio’s 176 death row inmates, 35 were convicted in Hamilton County.

Kirkland's case will be presided over by Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Kubicki Jr.

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090...eakingnews
 
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Investigation into Kirkland's parole

Posted: March 20, 2009 07:50 AM EDT

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - In response to a FOX19 news investigation on the parole of Anthony Kirkland, the Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office is still looking to see if the county objected to Kirkland's parole, or if they even knew he was up for parole.

When Kirkland was brought into court last week, it was just another chapter in a long saga. Prosecutors vigorously opposed his parole in 1998, citing the gruesome nature of his 1987 crime. His next shot at parole would be 10 years later, in 2008.

Something called the Layne Lawsuit changed all that, forcing the parole board to reconsider more than 2000 cases, including Anthony Kirkland. Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters says his office cannot find any record of the office even knowing about the 2003 parole hearing.

A spokeswoman for the parole board says local prosecutors are always notified.

"There was notification sent on all Layne cases," said Andrea Carson with the Ohio Department of Corrections.

FOX19 asked to see that notification last week. The parole board gave FOX19 News 26 pages, but the formal notification and any response from the prosecutor were not included.

Deters says his office is still looking for correspondence opposing Kirkland's 2003 release. FOX19 filed a formal request with the parole board under Ohio's Public Records Law for any and all documents related to Kirkland's parole.

FOX19 is also asking for access to records about those other 2000 cases. We want to see if there are other Kirkland cases somewhere in Ohio.

Meanwhile, officials with the Ohio Department of Corrections were in town on Thursday, conducting an investigation in to the Pogue Rehabilitation Center. Kirkland was kicked out of there after he allegedly got into a fight with another inmate. Days later, he was accused of the murder of 13-year-old Esme Kenney.

"We've never had a situation that has been this tragic, there have been other incidents but nothing like this Anthony Kirkland case," said Carson.

Officials say they visited Pogue on a fact finding mission to find out if all the policies and procedures were followed in the Kirkland case.

"We also want to be sure if there's anything that needs to be tweaked, fine tuned, we'll find out what that is," said Carson.

The spokesperson for the department also met with Cincinnati city councilman Cecil Thomas to let him know what the team would be doing, but they did not invite council members to join them on the tour of center.

"Their focus is not politicizing this but just ask the pertinent questions and put a report together," said Thomas.

http://www.fox19.com:80/global/story.asp?s=10040954
 
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