Homicide

'Grim Sleeper' faces death sentence in 10 LA serial murders

  • FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, Lonnie Franklin Jr., who has been dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, sits during a court hearing in Los Angeles. Franklin faces the death penalty when he is sentenced for the murders of nine women and a teenage girl. Franklin faces formal sentencing Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, after a jury found him guilty and said he should be executed. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

    FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, Lonnie Franklin Jr., who has been dubbed the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, sits during a court hearing in Los Angeles. Franklin faces the death penalty when he is sentenced for the murders of nine women and a teenage girl. Franklin faces formal sentencing Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, after a jury found him guilty and said he should be executed. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • Relatives of victim Mary Lowe from left, Kenneitha Lowe, Cameron Wright and Tracy Williams, speak during victims statements before the sentencing for Lonnie Franklin Jr., a convicted serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper," in Los Angeles Superior Court, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Franklin was sentenced to death for 10 Los Angeles murders that spanned decades. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

    Relatives of victim Mary Lowe from left, Kenneitha Lowe, Cameron Wright and Tracy Williams, speak during victims statements before the sentencing for Lonnie Franklin Jr., a convicted serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper," in Los Angeles Superior Court, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Franklin was sentenced to death for 10 Los Angeles murders that spanned decades. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Laura Moore, speaks to Lonnie Franklin Jr. as she recalls being shot six times by him on May 5, 1984  during victims impact statements before he was sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Franklin was sentenced to death for the murders of nine women and a teenage girl that went unsolved for years as the body count grew in a poor section of Los Angeles haunted by the scourge of crack cocaine. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)

    Laura Moore, speaks to Lonnie Franklin Jr. as she recalls being shot six times by him on May 5, 1984 during victims impact statements before he was sentenced in Los Angeles Superior Court Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016. Franklin was sentenced to death for the murders of nine women and a teenage girl that went unsolved for years as the body count grew in a poor section of Los Angeles haunted by the scourge of crack cocaine. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

The Los Angeles serial killer known as the "Grim Sleeper" faces the death penalty when he is sentenced for the murders of nine women and a teenage girl.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. faces formal sentencing Wednesday after a jury found him guilty and said he should be executed.

Franklin was convicted of murders spanning more than two decades that went unsolved for years until police realized they were the work of one killer and made a greater effort to catch him.

Community members criticized police for not investigating because the victims were poor, black and some were prostitutes and drug users.

The killer earned his moniker for an apparent hiatus in slayings, though authorities now think he never rested.

The defense is seeking a new trial and wants to the death sentence set aside.