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Grim Sleeper suspect's arraignment postponed

July 27, 2010 | 10:39 am


The arraignment of the South L.A. man accused of being the Grim Sleeper serial killer was postponed Tuesday until Aug. 23.

Lonnie David Franklin Jr. had originally been expected to answer charges against him at an arraignment on Tuesday morning. He has made no statements about the case so far.

Franklin, 57, faces charges of killing 10 women over a period spanning more than two decades. He has been held without bail since his arrest July 7, which came after undercover officers surreptitiously collected a sample of his DNA that authorities say matched evidence found at several of the crime scenes. If convicted, Franklin could face the death penalty.

The former city sanitation worker and Los Angeles Police Department garage attendant allegedly murdered seven young African American women between 1985 and 1988 in South Los Angeles. He resurfaced in the same area 14 years later, striking three more times and with the last killing coming in 2007, according to police.

For more details, see "Grim Sleeper serial killer suspect expected to answer charges at arraignment."

-- Shelby Grad

Photo: Lonnie David Franklin Jr. appears in Superior Court on Tuesday. Franklin's arraignment was postponed until Aug 23. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

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