On July 7, 2010, Franklin was arrested [because his son had been DNA tested and accused but was too young to have done the killing, which then pointed the finger at one of his relatives].
The trial was originally scheduled to begin on June 30, 2015. [It concluded today, May 5, 2016 thanks in part to the tireless work of community organizer and KPFK radio host Margaret "Sojourner Truth" Prescod].
In May 2015, Superior Court Judge Kathleen Kennedy delayed the trial until September 9 after Franklin's defense attorney requested more time to test several pieces of evidence. [Today at 1:00 pm it was announced that he was convicted on all counts.]
CONVICTED: Lonnie Franklin guilty
Frank Stoltze (KPCC, scpr.org, May 5, 2016)
One woman survived. In gripping testimony during the trial, Enietra Washington described being shot in the chest and sexually assaulted by a man she believed was Franklin in 1988.
For years, detectives "struggled" to solve the murders. [They didn't get much done during this "struggle," not so much as warning the public of the possibility that a serial killer was on the loose in LA.]
Family members accused the [racist] LAPD of giving their loved ones short shrift because they were poor and black.
A 2008 article in the LA Weekly chastising the LAPD for failing to publicize that fact that a serial murder was on the loose in South LA helped prompt the department to step up its efforts.
Defense Attorney Seymour Amster makes his final arguments in the "Grim Sleeper" serial murder trial in LA Superior Court against defendant Lonnie Franklin Jr. on May 2, 2016. The jury listened to the grisly details of how nine women and a 15-year-old girl were killed over two decades (Mark Boster/AFP/Getty).
Worked for the LAPD
Franklin, 63, a former mechanic for the LAPD who worked as city garbage collector, preyed on young black women in South LA. Some were prostitutes. Others struggled with drug addition. More