Saturday, October 29, 2011

LAPD Links 6 More Murders to Alleged “Grim Sleeper” Serial Killer, Lonnie Franklin Jr.

By David in TN




The LAPD has linked 6 more murders to Lonnie Franklin, the so-called Grim Sleeper. Franklin has previously been charged with the deaths of 10 women, all by DNA evidence. Not all of the last 6 are by DNA.


The authorities do not plan on charging Franklin with these 6. Instead, they will go forward with the trial based on the 10 murders Franklin is already charged with. To do otherwise would cause a huge delay.


"Grim Sleeper" defendant Lonnie Franklin Jr.


The "Grim Sleeper" murders terrorized the South Los Angeles-area between 1985 and 2007.


The Associated Press reports that Franklin's attorney, Louisa Pensanti, said the new allegations are false and authorities are making the allegations public in an attempt to infect the jury pool.


Prosecutors announced in August that they will seek the death penalty against the suspect.


Franklin, 58, has pleaded not guilty to the murder of ten women. Most were found in alleyways within a few miles south of the suspect's home in downtown Los Angeles. The victims were shot, strangled or both; some were sexually assaulted.


Franklin, who was arrested in July of 2010, worked as a mechanic.


["Suspected 'Grim Sleeper' Killer Allegedly Tied to Other Deaths," CBS News Los Angeles, October 28, 2011 7 p.m.]


[Thanks to reader-researcher RC.]

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