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Jury Returns Death Sentence in 'Grim Sleeper' Case


The "ultimate penalty."

In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, Lonnie David Franklin Jr., appears at a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. More than 30 years since the bodies of young women started turning up in alleyways and garbage bins in south Los Angeles, attorneys are set to give opening statements Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in the long-awaited “Grim Sleeper” trial. Franklin Jr. has pleaded not guilty to killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl from 1985 to 2007 in one of the city’s most notorious serial killer cases. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)\n

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" should be sentenced to death for murdering nine women and a teenage girl over more than two decades in South Los Angeles, a jury decided Monday.

Lonnie Franklin Jr., 63, a former city trash collector and garage attendant for Los Angeles police, was convicted of 10 counts of first-degree murder last month for crimes dating back more than 30 years.

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