CLEVELAND (AP) — A lawyer representing families of six women slain by a serial killer in Cleveland says the City of Cleveland has agreed to pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit over the deaths.

Attorney Terry Gilbert said Monday the payout is part of a settlement in the lawsuit alleging a police detective failed to thoroughly investigate a woman’s 2008 complaint that Anthony Sowell (SOH‘-wehl) attacked and raped her. Sowell was convicted in 2011 of killing 11 women whose remains were found in 2009. He was sentenced to death.

The lawsuit claims the deaths could have been prevented if the 2008 accusation had been investigated properly.

Gilbert says Cleveland denies any liability as part of the settlement.

City spokesman Dan Williams said he couldn’t comment on the lawsuit he described as "ongoing."