The man known as the Grim Sleeper serial killer was given a death sentence recommendation by a Los Angeles County jury on Monday after he was convicted last month of 10 murders committed between 1985 and 2007.
The Los Angeles Times reported
that Lonnie David Franklin Jr. was arrested in 2010 for the murders of women in the south Los Angeles area.
He was convicted after a three-month trial and will be formally sentenced by a judge on Aug. 10, according to KABC-TV
Prosecutors said that Franklin targeted women who were drug addicts and prostitutes and would mostly dump their naked bodies on roadsides or in the trash.
The newspaper said that the murders, though, attracted little media attention, unlike the Hillside Strangler or the Nightstalker did. The Times wrote that the deaths in the mid- to late-1980s came at the same time as the surge of murders linked to the crack cocaine epidemic.
To complicate matters, two other serial killers were working in the same area during the same period. The Times wrote that Michael Hughes and Chester Turner, who are both on California's death row, were convicted of killing seven and 14 women, respectively.
Prosecutors said, according to KABC-TV, that Franklin, who was tied to the victims through DNA, deserved the death penalty. Franklin earned the name the Grim Sleeper because of what was believed to be a 14-year gap in his crimes.
"We did what we could do to bring this chapter to a close in the best way we could," Los Angeles County prosecutor Beth Silverman said.
Franklin's defense attorney Seymour Amster disputed his client's death sentence recommendation after the hearing.
"Heal society," Amster said. "Make this a better society for all of us. But those who want to concentrate on the death penalty do not want to do things to make sure that individuals have a better life."
No one has been put to death in California since 2006 as the state's death penalty is facing a number of legal battles, reported the Los Angeles Times.
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