Los Angeles 'Grim Sleeper' serial killer case goes to jury

LOS ANGELES - A jury was expected to start on Wednesday deciding the fate of a former sanitation worker accused of 10 murders in the Los Angeles "Grim Sleeper" serial killer case.

The jurors were handed the case late on Tuesday after both sides delivered closing arguments in the nearly three-month trial of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., 63, who could face the death penalty if convicted of the 10 counts of first-degree murder against him.

A gap of more than 13 years between two spates of killings earned the killer the nickname "Grim Sleeper."

Franklin's attorney, Seymour Amster, told the panel that forensic and DNA evidence submitted by prosecutors had been "inconclusive," failing to link him to the victims, according to a City News Service account of the proceedings.