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'Grim Sleeper' serial killer case ballistic evidence to be reviewed by defense

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Photos at the home of Lonnie David Franklin Jr., charged with 10 murders dating back to 1985.

It looks like court proceedings for Lonnie Franklin, the man accused of being the South Los Angeles "Grim Sleeper" serial killer, will be slow. In what was sure to be one of many pretrial hearings Thursday, defense attorneys reported they're hiring an independent analyst to look at ballistic evidence in the case.

Deputy District Attorney Beth Silverman expressed slight frustration with the delays.

"We took this to the grand jury to avoid a lenghty pretrial and cut down on it dragging out," she said. "But I know this is a capital case, and the defense wants to avoid issues of not being prepared."

The defendant appeared relaxed as he sat with attorneys in an orange jail jumpsuit at the high security courtroom in downtown L.A. Franklin is accused of murdering seven women between 1985 and 1988 and an additional three women between 2002 and 2007. The apparent 14-year hiatus between the murder sprees prompted the name "Grim Sleeper." Franklin was arrested in July 2010 and was accused of the murders.