The Latest: 'Grim Sleeper' lawyer yells at judge repeatedly

The Latest on the "Grim Sleeper" trial in Los Angeles (all times local):

11:15 a.m.

The defense attorney in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer trial in Los Angeles repeatedly shouted at the judge on the day he was set to deliver his opening statement.

Lawyer Seymour Amster and a prosecutor spent nearly two hours Monday heatedly arguing over a number of points in the case against Lonnie Franklin Jr., who has pleaded not guilty to 10 murders between 1985 and 2007.

After Judge Kathleen Kennedy made a ruling that would require Amster to refile a subpoena, Amster shouted several times that he was resting his case because he had no defense.

As he yelled at the judge, paced and pushed a chair against a table, three courtroom deputies moved in closer.

The tension eased after Kennedy told Amster to stop yelling and they discussed how to handle her ruling.

Kennedy then ordered a break and urged the defense attorney to calm down before addressing jurors.


12:35 a.m.

The attorney for a man charged with killing nine women and a 15-year-old girl in the "Grim Sleeper" case in Los Angeles seeks to cast doubt in the minds of jurors by focusing on DNA evidence found on the victims.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. has pleaded not guilty to 10 murders between 1985 and 2007 in one of the city's most notorious serial killer cases.

His attorney, Seymour Amster, is set to deliver his opening statement to jurors on Monday. He says he will be focusing on DNA found on the bodies that wasn't connected to Franklin.

Franklin's trial began last month, and the prosecution rested its case last week.

The Grim Sleeper nickname was coined because of an apparent 14-year gap in the murders between 1988 and 2002.