Closing arguments set in ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer trial

The “Grim Sleeper” serial killer trial is coming to a close in Los Angeles after months of testimony.

Closing arguments were scheduled to begin Monday morning in the trial of Lonnie David Franklin Jr. He’s charged with killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007. They were shot or strangled and their bodies dumped in alleys and trash bins in South Los Angeles and nearby areas.

The killer was nicknamed the “Grim Sleeper” because of a 14-year gap between some attacks.

Prosecutors allege that gun or DNA evidence connects Franklin to the killings but his defense lawyers argue that some DNA samples taken from victims or their clothing didn’t match Franklin.

Franklin also is charged with the attempted murder of a woman who was shot and pushed from a car in 1988. She identified Franklin in court as her attacker.

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