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"Grim Sleeper" serial killer expected to be given death penalty today

Lonnie David Franklin
Lonnie David Franklin

The ‘Grim Sleeper’ serial killer is expected to be sentenced to death today in California, US.

63-year-old Lonnie David Franklin Jr was sentenced was convicted of a string of murders between 1985 – 2007.

Franklin was found guilty on the 5th of May of 10 counts of first-degree murder for the killings of nine women and a 15-year-old girl.

The twisted killer targeted victims who were generally young, vulnerable and ignored.

Police were able to link all the killings through ballistic and genetic evidence, all of which pointed to a single killer.

After years of trying a break came in 2010 when a search of state offenders turned up a partial match.

The person who was a match with the DNA wasn’t a suspected serial killer, but his father was.

Police eventually followed Franklin to a pizza place where they obtained a partially eaten slice which they matched to the DNA from the crime scenes

The following search of his home turned up a gun which was linked to one of the victims.

According to MyNewsLA.com Franklin was convicted of killing:

Franklin was convicted of killing:

— Debra Jackson, a 29-year-old mother of two who was found dead from three gunshot wounds to the chest in an alley in South Los Angeles on Aug. 10, 1985;

— Henrietta Wright, a 34-year-old mother of five who was shot twice in the chest and found in an alley with a cloth gag stuffed in her mouth in South Los Angeles on Aug. 12, 1986;

— Barbara Ware, 23, shot once in the chest and found under a pile of debris and garbage in an alley in South Los Angeles on Jan. 10, 1987;

— Bernita Sparks, 26, shot once in the chest and found in a trash bin with her shirt and pants unbuttoned in Los Angeles on April 16, 1987;

— Mary Lowe, 26, shot once in the chest and found in an alley with her pants unzipped behind a large shrub in South Los Angeles on Nov. 1, 1987;

— Lachrica Jefferson, 22, found dead from two gunshot wounds to the chest — with a napkin over her face with the handwritten word “AIDS” on it — in an alley in South Los Angeles on Jan. 30, 1988;

— Alicia Alexander, 18, killed by a gunshot wound to the chest and found naked under a blue foam mattress in an alley in South Los Angeles on Sept. 11, 1988;

— Princess Berthomieux, 15, strangled and discovered naked and hidden in shrubbery in an alley in Inglewood on March 9, 2002;

— Valerie McCorvey, the 35-year-old mother of one, strangled and found dead with her clothes pulled down at the entrance to a locked alley in South Los Angeles on July 11, 2003; and

— Janecia Peters, 25, shot in the back and found naked inside a sealed plastic trash bag in a trash bin in an alley in South Los Angeles on Jan. 1, 2007.