Nathaniel Cook seeking release to be evaluated

Nathaniel Cook Evaluation Sought Before Release

A judge says the man who confessed to killing three people and now wants to be released from an Ohio prison will first be evaluated to see if he should be registered as a sex offender.

Attorneys for Nathaniel Cook say the court in Toledo must release him soon because of a plea agreement made nearly 20 years ago.

The agreement forced Cook and his brother to admit to raping and killing several young women during a string of eight murders in the 1980s.

Lucas County judge Linda Jennings decided Thursday Cook needs an evaluation which could force him to notify authorities of his address every 90 days if he is released.

Family members of his victims wiped away tears and stared at Cook when he was led into court.

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