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08-01-2011, 12:18 PM

Grim Sleeper: L.A. district attorney to seek death penalty
August 1, 2011 | 10:35 am


The Los Angeles County district attorney's office said Monday it would seek the death penalty against Lonnie David Franklin Jr., the suspected Grim Sleeper who is accused of murder in the deaths of 10 women in South L.A.

Franklin, 57, was arrested in July 2010 at his South L.A. home and charged with murder in the slayings of Debra Jackson, 29; Henrietta Wright, 35; Barbara Ware, 23; Bernita Sparks, age unknown; Mary Lowe, 26; Lachrica Jefferson, 22; Alicia Alexander, 18; Princess Berthomieux, 15; Valerie McCorvey, 35; and Janecia Peters, 25.

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He is also charged with one count of attempted murder, apparently stemming from the assault of the only Grim Sleeper victim known to have survived.

Los Angeles police said in April that Franklin may have killed eight additional women, including three whose photos and identification cards were found in a refrigerator in Franklin's garage.

MAP: Grim Sleeper killings, 1985-2007

The killer was dubbed the Grim Sleeper by the L.A. Weekly newspaper because of what appeared to be a period of inactivity separating the killings. But police were skeptical of the idea that the slayings had actually stopped during a supposed 13-year gap.
Of the eight new cases police are now investigating, two of them involve women who disappeared during the 13-year period. A third went missing in 1982, before the first of the 10 known killings.

Three are of particular concern: Ayellah Marshall, a high school senior when she disappeared in 2005; Rolenia Morris, a 25-year-old who also was reported missing in 2005; and an unidentified woman whose photograph was found at Franklin's residence when he was arrested.

Police discovered Marshall's Hawthorne High School identification card, photos of Morris and her Nevada driver's license, and a photo of the unidentified woman in a refrigerator in Franklin's garage, said LAPD Det. Dennis Kilcoyne, who heads the investigation into Franklin.

In the refrigerator police also found photos of Janecia Peters, one of the 10 women Franklin is accused of killing, and one photo of another person, but that one was too dark to be of any use in the investigation.

Kilcoyne said investigators fear the cache of items and images found in the refrigerator was of special significance to Franklin because he kept it separate from photographs of scores of other women found elsewhere in his residence, which he shared with his wife. Police have said Franklin's wife refuses to talk to them.

No physical evidence implicates Franklin in any wrongdoing related to the eight additional women.

Franklin has at least four prior convictions, two for felony possession of stolen property in 1993 and 2003, one for misdemeanor battery in 1997 and one for misdemeanor assault in 1999, according to court records.

He was sentenced to a year in jail for the first stolen property charge and 270 days for the second one.

Franklin worked as a garbage collector for the Los Angeles Department of Sanitation during the years that the first eight killings occurred, beginning with the death of Jackson on Aug. 10, 1985, and ending with the death of Alexander on Sept. 11, 1988.

10-29-2011, 06:19 AM

Police link 6 more slayings to Grim Sleeper suspect
The new allegations bring to 16 the killings linked to Lonnie Franklin Jr. But officials do not plan to seek criminal charges now in the new cases, fearing that would slow progress toward a trial.

By Joel Rubin, Los Angeles Times

October 29, 2011
Los Angeles police detectives have linked six more slayings to the suspect in the Grim Sleeper serial killings after reviewing hundreds of unsolved homicide cases and missing person reports, as well as a cache of photos of unidentified women found at the man's home.

Law enforcement sources told The Times that the new cases bring to 16 the number of killings linked to Lonnie Franklin Jr., 59, , who is already charged with murder in the slayings of 10 women whose bodies were found on the streets of South Los Angeles over two decades. Police also have now identified a second woman who they say survived an attack from Franklin.

Police investigators had long suspected that they would eventually find that the person responsible for the Grim Sleeper slayings had killed more than 10 women. Franklin was arrested in July 2010 and linked to the 10 slayings by ballistic and DNA evidence.

02-06-2015, 01:21 PM
Judge sets June trial date in 'Grim Sleeper' serial killings (http://www.seattlepi.com/news/us/article/Kin-of-serial-killer-victims-to-urge-judge-to-set-6066090.php)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man charged with 10 counts of murder in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings is scheduled to go on trial at the end of June after anguished family members of the victims told a judge Friday they were tired of years of delay.

Judge Kathleen Kennedy said lawyers would meet June 29 and jury selection would begin the following day in the death penalty case of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who has pleaded not guilty.

Family members of the females slain over two decades in Los Angeles angrily denounced Franklin and blamed his lawyer for dragging his feet in a rare hearing in which they were able to speak under a voter-approved victims' bill of rights.

Lonnie Franklin Jr

05-05-2016, 07:19 AM

'Grim Sleeper' suspect had conviction for gang rape in Germany, DA discloses

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 08:49PM
The jury has begun deliberations in the murder trial of accused "Grim Sleeper" serial killer Lonnie Franklin, even as new information was disclosed Wednesday about the defendant's record out of the jury's presence.

In a hearing held while the jury was behind closed doors, prosecutor Beth Silverman disclosed that Franklin has a conviction for a sex crime outside the United States on his record - a gang rape in Germany when he was in the Army.

Silverman told the court that Franklin and two friends borrowed a car, drove to a nearby village, dragged a woman to the car and sexually assaulted her.

Los Angeles Police Department detectives learned of the incident after searching Franklin's South Los Angeles home. They found photos of Franklin in his Army uniform and discovered he had been drafted in 1973, and then found records which detailed the rape that was prosecuted by the German government. They were convicted and imprisoned in Germany, Silverman said.

05-05-2016, 02:40 PM

South LA Man Found Guilty Of Murder, Attempted Murder In ‘Grim Sleeper’ Trial
May 5, 2016 12:01 PM


LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com/AP) — A South Los Angeles man accused in the “Grim Sleeper” killings of nine women and a teenage girl over a twenty-year period was convicted on ten murder charges and attempted murder.

Lonnie David Franklin Jr. faces a possible death sentence for the killings, which occurred over a 20-year period.

A penalty phase of trial will be held for jurors to recommend whether Franklin should be put to death or be sent to prison without the possibility of parole.