Defense to target DNA in ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killing trial

The attorney for a man charged with killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl in the “Grim Sleeper” case in Los Angeles plans to cast doubt in the minds of jurors by focusing on DNA evidence found on the victims.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. has pleaded not guilty to 10 murders between 1985 and 2007 in one of the city’s most notorious serial killer cases.

His attorney, Seymour Amster, is set to deliver his opening statement to jurors on Monday. He says he will be focusing on DNA found on the bodies that wasn’t connected to Franklin.

Franklin’s trial began last month, and the prosecution rested its case last week.

The Grim Sleeper nickname was coined because of an apparent 14-year gap in the murders between 1988 and 2002.

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