Lawyer agrees to work 'Grim Sleeper' case for free

Suspected killer Lonnie David Franklin Jr., dubbed the 'Grim Sleeper' for a 13-year break between his strings of 11 murders, is pictured during his arraignment in Los Angeles Criminal Courts on July 8, 2010.
Suspected killer Lonnie David Franklin Jr., dubbed the 'Grim Sleeper' for a 13-year break between his strings of 11 murders, is pictured during his arraignment in Los Angeles Criminal Courts on July 8, 2010. AL SEIB/AFP/Getty Images

The Los Angeles man suspected of the "Grim Sleeper" slayings of 10 women has a new attorney who says she will work for free.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. appeared in court Monday with his new attorney and had his arraignment rescheduled for Aug. 23. His lawyer, Louisa Pensanti, says she will work pro bono and has experience handling multiple murder cases.

Franklin is charged with 10 counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. He was arrested in July after authorities said DNA evidence linked the local mechanic to a series of killings.

The slayings occurred from 1985 to 1988, and again from 2002 to 2007. The 14-year pause led to the killer's nickname of the "Grim Sleeper."

Neighbors say they never suspected Franklin of being the killer before his arrest.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press

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