Crime & Justice

LA Mayor Villaraigosa says 'Grim Sleeper' serial killings arrest ends 'terror'

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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Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says the arrest of a suspect in the so-called "Grim Sleeper" serial killings ends 25 years of "terror" in the city.

The mayor told a press conference Thursday that he wished to thank a special team of detectives that worked on the case full time.

Fifty-seven-year-old Lonnie Franklin Jr. was charged Wednesday 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.

The killings in South Los Angeles ranged from 1985 until 2007.

Police Chief Charlie Beck says the detective team made its investigation the largest current case in his department.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.