The Latest: Long-awaited 'Grim Sleeper' trial underway

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Posted: Feb 16, 2016 2:55 PM
The Latest: Long-awaited 'Grim Sleeper' trial underway

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on the "Grim Sleeper" case in which a Los Angeles man is accused of killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl (all times local):

11:45 a.m.

A prosecutor says a man accused of killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl stalked victims on the streets of Los Angeles and took advantage of a crack epidemic while targeting those under the spell of the drug.

Prosecutor Beth Silverman says defendant Lonnie Franklin Jr. knew his victims didn't worry about their safety and were focused only on where they could get more crack cocaine, making them easy targets.

The comments came as Silverman delivered her opening statement Tuesday in the long-awaited "Grim Sleeper" trial.

Franklin has pleaded not guilty to the 10 killings that occurred between 1985 and 2007.

Franklin's attorney, Seymour Amster, will deliver his opening statements later in the trial.

The "Grim Sleeper" is one of the most notorious serial killer cases in the city's history. The nickname was coined because of an apparent 14-year gap in the murders between 1988 and 2002.

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1 a.m.

More than 30 years since the bodies of young women started turning up in alleyways and garbage bins in south Los Angeles, attorneys are set to give opening statements in the long-awaited "Grim Sleeper" trial.

Opening statements are set for Tuesday in Lonnie Franklin Jr.'s murder trial. The 63-year-old has pleaded not guilty to killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007. The trial is expected to last up to four months.

Franklin's attorney, Seymour Amster, says there's more to the case than people want to believe but declined to go into detail.

The "Grim Sleeper" is one of the most notorious serial killer cases in Los Angeles history. The nickname was coined because of an apparent 14-year gap in the murders between 1988 and 2002.