Convicted killer Nathaniel Cook, March 2018. (Dave Zapotosky/The Blade via AP, File)
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — One of two brothers who carried out Toledo’s most notorious string of killings was in court Thursday, pushing to be released under a deal he made almost 20 years ago. The victims’ families, who signed off on the deal, are now opposing it.
Attorneys for Nathaniel Cook, 58, say the court is bound by the agreement to order his release this year.
The deal came about in 2000. Nathaniel and his older brother, Anthony — who was already convicted of one murder — were suspected of seven other murders committed in 1980 and 1981. Prosecutors were not sure they could prove those cases, and they wanted to give the victims’ families the assurance that the killers were in prison.
Anthony Cook made an offer: The brothers would confess to the seven murders — three of which they said Nathaniel had participated in — if the younger brother would be freed after 20 years of imprisonment. That put his release date in February 2018.
Lucas County prosecutor Julia Bates told the Toledo Blade: “It was closure, and that’s so trite, but it was closure for those people that didn’t know that maybe the person that killed their loved one was standing next to them in the grocery store.”
The families of the three victims agreed to the deal. Now they’ve written letters asking for Cook to stay in prison or be under strict controls if he’s released.
“Everyone thought 20 years was a long, long time,” Rodney Thompson, brother of murder victim Connie Sue Thompson, told the Blade.
Steve Moulton, brother of murder victim Scott Moulton, told the Blade that he thought that in the two decades enough evidence would be found to convict Nathaniel Cook of another crime to keep him …read more
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