Crime & Justice

Arraignment postponed in LA 'Grim Sleeper' case

A photo of
A photo of "Grim Sleeper" serial killer suspect Lonnie Franklin Jr. after being booked following his July 7, 2010 arrest.
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Arraignment has been delayed for the Los Angeles man accused of the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. appeared in court Tuesday to answer to charges of 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, but instead there was a change of public defenders and his arraignment was continued.

Superior Court Judge Hilleri G. Merritt set Aug. 23 as the new date.

Franklin was arrested July 7 at his South Los Angeles home. Police say DNA evidence linked the 57-year-old former city employee to the killings, which spanned 22 years.

The "Grim Sleeper" nickname came about because of a 14-year gap in slayings linked to the same killer. The most recent case was in 2007.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.