New Details to Be Released in Grim Sleeper Murder Case

Police have connected suspect to other deaths

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    These booking photos released by the Los Angeles Police Department show suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr., in, from left, 1993, 1998, 1999 and 2010. Franklin is accused of being the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer.

    Police are expected Wednesday to release new information and photos linked to the ”Grim Sleeper,” the man charged with killing 10 women and dumping their bodies in the streets of south LA.

    View previous photos released by police in this case

    Police refused to release any new information prior to a community forum scheduled for 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Bethel A.M.E. Church on Western Avenue.

    As NBC LA reported Saturday, police have connected Lonnie Franklin Jr. to a number of other deaths, as many as six others, bringing the total reported number of killings linked to Franklin to 16.

    More Killings Linked to Grim Sleeper Suspect

    [LA] More Killings Linked to Grim Sleeper Suspect
    Police say LA's Grim Sleeper suspect is now linked to even more killings. The number of murders blamed on Lonnie Franklin Jr. may now be as high as 16.

    Three of the additional deaths were linked to Franklin through DNA or ballistic evidence, according to the Los Angeles Times, some of which was collected from a gun, allegedly used to kill some of his victims.

    Detectives spent more than 20 years, between 1985 and 2007, investigating the slayings now linked to Franklin, who earned the name “Grim Sleeper” because he apparently took a 14-year hiatus from his crimes.

    In 2009, police released a recording of a 911 call from an anonymous man who said he saw a man removing a woman’s body from a van, and then dumping the body in an alley.

    Franklin, who once worked as a mechanic for the LAPD, was arrested in July 2010 after detectives obtained a DNA sample from his son, who was arrested the year before.

    Franklin has pleaded not guilty to 10 murders and one count of attempted murder.

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