LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Jurors began deliberating Wednesday the fate of a man accused of being the “Grim Sleeper” killer.
Lonnie David Franklin Jr. faces a possible death sentence if convicted of killing nine women – mostly in their 20s – and a 15-year-old girl and dumping their bodies in alleys and trash bins around South Los Angeles, Inglewood and unincorporated Los Angeles County. The murder charges include a special circumstance allegation of multiple murders.READ MORE: Woman, 4 Children Shot And Killed In Lancaster Home
The 63-year-old former city garage attendant and sanitation worker is also charged with the attempted murder of Enietra Washington, who survived being shot in the chest and pushed out of a moving vehicle in November 1988. In testimony given Feb. 25, she identified Franklin as her assailant and said he took a Polaroid-type photo of her after shooting her.READ MORE: Man Killed After Large Tree Topples Onto Encino Home
The killings occurred between 1985 to 1988 and 2002 to 2007, with the assailant dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” because of the apparent 13-year break in the killings. All of them were either shot — mostly in the chest — with a .25-caliber firearm or strangled.MORE NEWS: A Dozen People Displaced After Fire Burns South LA Apartment Building
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