LOS ANGELES (Source: FinalCall.com)—After three grueling months, a seven woman five man jury found Lonnie Franklin, Jr. guilty of killing 10 young, Black women and girls over a 22-year period.
Mr. Franklin, dubbed the Grim Sleeper for the serial murders that occurred between August 1985 and January 2007, disposed of their partially clothed or naked bodies like trash in alleys and dumpsters around South Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The jury deliberated just one and a half days before convicting the 63-year-old former sanitation worker on all 10 counts of first degree murder with the special circumstance of multiple murders.
He was also convicted of one count of willful, deliberate and premeditated murder of the sole surviving victim, Enietra Washington. She was 30 when she was shot and thrown from Franklin’s car after accepting a ride on Nov. 19, 1988.
He returns to court on May 12 to begin the penalty phase of his trial, when testimony will come from some out-of-state witnesses, as well as victims’ families. The latter wept and rocked as a clerk read the verdicts on May 5. [READ MORE]