Ar­rest made in L.A. se­rial killer case

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

LOS AN­GE­LES — A one-time po­lice garage at­ten­dant sus­pected of killing 10 peo­ple and stump­ing de­tec­tives for more than two decades was ar­rested Wed­nes­day af­ter po­lice used DNA from his son to track him down.

Lon­nie Franklin Jr., 57, was charged with 10 counts of murder, one count of at­tempted murder and spe­cial cir­cum­stance al­le­ga­tions of mul­ti­ple mur­ders that could make him el­i­gi­ble for the death penalty if con­victed, District At­tor­ney Steve Coo­ley said.

“To­day is a good day,” Don­nell Alexan­der, the brother of vic­tim Monique Alexan­der, said as he watched po­lice ac­tiv­ity out­side the South Los An­ge­les house where the ar­rest was made ear­lier in the day.

De­tec­tives have spent years in­ves­ti­gat­ing slay­ings be­tween 1985 and 2007 in which the killer tar­geted young black women and one man. The at­tacker was dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” be­cause he ap­par­ently took a 14-year hia­tus from his crimes, from 1988 to 2002. The vic­tims were shot, stran­gled or both, usu­ally af­ter some kind of sex­ual con­tact. Sev­eral were pros­ti­tutes.

The break in the case came af­ter Franklin’s son was ar­rested and swabbed for DNA, said Alexan­der, whom de­tec­tives briefed on the case. The sam­ple came back as sim­i­lar to ev­i­dence in the se­rial killings, lead­ing po­lice to in­ves­ti­gate relatives of the ar­restee.

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