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The Latest: Confessed killer seeking release to be evaluated

March 8, 2018

This undated, file photo provided by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction shows Nathaniel Cook. Cook, one of two brothers who admitted killing a 12-year-old girl during a string of murders that terrorized an Ohio city in the early 1980s, could be released from prison within months. A judge has set a hearing for Thursday, March 8, 2018, to begin determining whether Cook should be registered as a sex offender if he's released. (Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction via AP)

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on the possible release of confessed killer (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

A judge says a 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.

A judge in Toledo decided Thursday that Cook needs an evaluation that 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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12:15 a.m.

A man who confessed to killing three people and now wants to be released from an Ohio prison under a plea deal is due in court.

A judge plans to hold a hearing on Thursday in Toledo to begin deciding whether Nathaniel Cook should be required to register as a sex offender if he’s released.

Cook’s attorneys say a plea deal signed nearly 20 years ago says the court is bound to order his release this year.

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

Families of the victims say the confessions gave them needed answers, but they hope the judge will block Cook’s release.

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