Supreme Court asked to consider appeal of serial killer

CREATED Dec 29, 2012

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MILWAUKEE - An attorney representing a convicted serial killer known as "The North Side Strangler" is appealing his case, all the way up to the state Supreme Court.

Defense attorney Richard Hart claims his client, Walter Ellis, who murdered seven women over a 21-year period, did not get a fair trail because of all the national publicity on the case.

Hart's convictions include the rape and strangulation of women in Milwaukee from 1986 to 2007.

Ellis was denied his request for a change of venue.

He had also wanted the cases to be tried separately, claiming jurors might use evidence in one case to draw inferences in the other cases.

A court of appeals ruled against the appeal. So, they're now taking it to the State Supreme Court.