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Convicted cop killer on trial for 5th cold case rape

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Quisi Bryan is set to go on trial. Quisi Bryan is set to go on trial.
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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A jury trial started Monday for a convicted cop killer and serial rapist.

Quisi Bryan,42, rejected a plea deal and is now on trial for charges in a fifth cold case sex assault. 

In January of 2007, Bryan pleaded guilty in connection with four sex assaults on women and in one case, posing as a cop. The rapes came to light years later thanks to DNA matches in a database for unsolved crimes.

Bryan is already on death row for the murder of Cleveland Police Officer Wayne Leon in 2000, plus 47 years for other crimes. Any sentence will obviously run concurrently, so why bother with a trial?

"She deserves to have her day in court and more importantly society deserves to know the full account of Mr. Quisi Bryan," says Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Jeff Schnatter.

Bryan is defending himself in this trial and Cuyahoga County Judge David Matia laid down the law. 

"Mr. Bryan, I just want you to understand that if you represent yourself, you're the captain of your own ship," says Matia.

Bryan came to court in shackles, but the defense table had a skirt attached to it, so jurors couldn't see the restraints. Bryan chose to wear inmate clothing.

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