Homicide

Jury reaches verdict in 'Grim Sleeper' serial killings case

  • Lonnie Franklin Jr. appears in count in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The former trash collector in Los Angeles was convicted Thursday of 10 "Grim Sleeper" serial killings that spanned two decades and targeted vulnerable young black women in the inner city. (Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Lonnie Franklin Jr. appears in count in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The former trash collector in Los Angeles was convicted Thursday of 10 "Grim Sleeper" serial killings that spanned two decades and targeted vulnerable young black women in the inner city. (Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Lonnie Franklin Jr., center, sits in count in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The former trash collector in Los Angeles was convicted Thursday of 10 "Grim Sleeper" serial killings that spanned two decades and targeted vulnerable young black women in the inner city. (Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Lonnie Franklin Jr., center, sits in count in Los Angeles, Thursday, May 5, 2016. The former trash collector in Los Angeles was convicted Thursday of 10 "Grim Sleeper" serial killings that spanned two decades and targeted vulnerable young black women in the inner city. (Barbara Davidson/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool) MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015 file photo, Enietra Washington pauses to compose her thoughts as she notices serial killer suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr., during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. Washington is the sole known survivor in 10 "Grim Sleeper" serial killings. Franklin was convicted Thursday, May 5, 2016, of the serial killings that spanned two decades and targeted vulnerable young black women in the inner city. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015 file photo, Enietra Washington pauses to compose her thoughts as she notices serial killer suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr., during a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court. Washington is the sole known survivor in 10 "Grim Sleeper" serial killings. Franklin was convicted Thursday, May 5, 2016, of the serial killings that spanned two decades and targeted vulnerable young black women in the inner city. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)  (The Associated Press)

Jurors have reached a verdict in the trial of a Los Angeles man charged in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings that targeted vulnerable young black women over two decades.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. could face the death penalty if convicted Thursday in the 10 slayings after a two-month trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court. The verdict was set to be announced at 1:30 p.m. PDT.

The 10 victims, including a 15-year-old girl, were fatally shot or strangled and dumped in South Los Angeles during the crack cocaine epidemic. Some were prostitutes and most had cocaine in their systems.

The killer was dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" because of an apparent 14-year gap after one woman survived.

A defense lawyer claimed a "mystery man" was the killer, though the prosecutor said that theory was fabricated.