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Death sentence recommended for 'Southland Slayer'

This Oct. 24, 2011 file photo shows convicted murderer Michael Hughes, during opening statements of his murder trial in Los Angeles. Hughes, a convicted serial killer was found guilty of three more murders Thursday Nov.3, 2011 for strangling two prostitutes and a 15-year-old girl during the “Southside Slayer” attacks that terrorized the city in the 1980s and 1990s.
This Oct. 24, 2011 file photo shows convicted murderer Michael Hughes, during opening statements of his murder trial in Los Angeles. Hughes, a convicted serial killer was found guilty of three more murders Thursday Nov.3, 2011 for strangling two prostitutes and a 15-year-old girl during the “Southside Slayer” attacks that terrorized the city in the 1980s and 1990s.
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A jury has recommended the death sentence for Michael Hughes, a serial killer dubbed the "Southland Slayer" for his brutal murder of six women and a teenage girl in the 1980s and early 90s.

Jurors deliberated for less than half a day before deciding Tuesday that Michael Hughes should be executed.

Earlier Tuesday, before jurors began their deliberations, defense attorney Aron Laub had implored them to recommend a sentence of life in prison without parole. Laub cited the 55-year-old Hughes' troubled, violent childhood in asking that his life be spared. Prosecutors in the case Monday asked the jury to show Hughes "the same mercy, the same compassion, he showed his victims."

Hughes was already serving a life sentence for the killings of four women in the 1990s when a jury convicted him last month of murdering two other women and a 15-year-old girl.

Hughes showed no emotion as the jury's death-penalty verdict was read Tuesday. He's to be sentenced by a judge March 30.