Testimony began Tuesday in the much-anticipated trial of Lonnie Franklin, Jr., a.k.a. ‘The Grim Sleeper.’
He’s pleading not guilty to ten counts of first degree murder and one count of attempted murder for a spate of killings spanning more than 20 years in South Los Angeles. For years, the killings left law enforcement guessing, but advances in DNA technology over the years finally allowed investigators to make the connection that led them to Franklin.
As the trial began, prosecutors painted a picture of a man who knew South L.A.’s streets intimately, and during a time when crack cocaine was an epidemic, they say he preyed on women who had drug problems and would lure with promises of narcotics.
They showed grisly photos of several of the women Franklin allegedly killed, saying they were “dumped like trash.”
Franklin’s attorney chose not to make an opening statement on Tuesday, so it’s still unclear exactly what his defense will be.
The trial resumes on Wednesday. For more of KPCC’s coverage, click here.