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Milwaukee's suspected serial killer in court

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Milwaukee man charged in the deaths of seven women is back in court Wednesday.

Walter Ellis faces five counts of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree murder in seven murders.

Ellis is suspected in a string of killings from 1986 to 2007. Police said the 49-year-old's DNA was found on nine women ages 16 to 41.

Investigators believe eight were prostitutes who were strangled, although one was stabbed in the neck as well, and one was a runaway whose throat was cut. Ellis has not been charged in the deaths of the runaway and one of the suspected prostitutes.

A status conference is scheduled for Wednesday morning. A preliminary hearing is next week.

His new attorney, Russell Jones, did not return a message seeking comment.

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