Homicide

The Latest: Evidence speaks for Grim Sleeper's 10 victims

The Latest on the Grim Sleeper trial (all times local):

1 p.m.

A Los Angeles prosecutor says the evidence pointing to Lonnie Franklin Jr. as the serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" speaks for the 10 victims he silenced.

Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman said in closing arguments Monday that overwhelming DNA and firearms evidence shows Franklin is guilty of murder.

Franklin has pleaded not guilty in the slayings of one girl and nine young women, and the attempted murder of a woman who survived a gunshot and got away.

The killings in South Los Angeles were dubbed the work of the "Grim Sleeper" because of a 14-year break between 1985 and 2007 when bodies stopped appearing, but prosecutors believe his violence never ceased.

3:39 a.m.

The "Grim Sleeper" serial killer trial is coming to a close in Los Angeles after months of testimony.

Closing arguments were scheduled to begin Monday morning in the trial of Lonnie David Franklin Jr. He's charged with killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl between 1985 and 2007. They were shot or strangled and their bodies dumped in alleys and trash bins in South Los Angeles and nearby areas.

The killer was nicknamed the "Grim Sleeper" because of a 14-year gap between some attacks.

Prosecutors allege that gun or DNA evidence connects Franklin to the killings but his defense lawyers argue that some DNA samples taken from victims or their clothing didn't match Franklin.

Franklin also is charged with the attempted murder of a woman who was shot and pushed from a car in 1988. She identified Franklin in court as her attacker.