Crime & Justice

South LA serial killer sentenced to death — again

Serial killer Chester Turner sits in court Friday Aug. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. Turner one of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday. Turner, who was already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced for four more murders.
Serial killer Chester Turner sits in court Friday Aug. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. Turner one of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday. Turner, who was already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced for four more murders.
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Serial killer Chester Turner sits in court Friday Aug. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. Turner one of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday. Turner, who was already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced for four more murders.
A poster showing Chester Dwayne Turner, center, surrounded by murder victims is displayed in the foreground as family members of the murder victims look on during a news conference in Los Angeles, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004. Police announced that Turner, who was serving a prison sentence after pleading no contest to rape, has been linked by DNA evidence to the killings of a dozen women, including three that another man was convicted of committing.
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Serial killer Chester Turner sits in court Friday Aug. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. Turner one of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday. Turner, who was already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced for four more murders.
Serial killer Chester Turner victims family members, Maxine Johnson, left with Gwendolyn Cameron stand outside Los Angeles Courthouse Friday Aug. 1, 2014 in Los Angeles. Turner, one of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history was given an additional death sentence Friday.
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One of the most prolific killers in Los Angeles history has been given an additional death sentence.

Chester D. Turner, who is already on death row for murdering 10 women, was sentenced Friday for four more murders.

The slayings during the crack cocaine epidemic of the 1980s and 1990s were once thought to be the work of one man dubbed the "Southside Slayer."

The 47-year-old Turner is one of three men now blamed for the murders of women who typically were raped and strangled. Many were prostitutes.

The former pizza delivery man was convicted in June of the additional slayings between 1987 and 1997.

Another man imprisoned 11 years for three of those killings was freed after DNA evidence pointed to Turner.