Crime & Justice

Grim Sleeper suspect due in Los Angeles court

The man accused of being the "Grim Sleeper" serial killer is due in a Los Angeles courtroom to face 10 counts of murder.

Lonnie Franklin Jr. is due in court Tuesday for arraignment on the murder charges and one other charge of attempted murder.

The 57-year-old car mechanic from South Los Angeles was arrested July 7 after DNA evidence linked him to the killings, which spanned 22 years. His attorney has said she expects Franklin to enter a not guilty plea.

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.

Investigators believe Franklin was lucky to escape detection for so long. His alleged victims were young black women.

He is also suspected in the death of a man.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.