Crime & Justice

Judge sets trial date in 'Grim Sleeper' serial killings

Lonnie David Franklin Jr. appears for arraignment on multiple charges as the alleged
Lonnie David Franklin Jr. appears for arraignment on multiple charges as the alleged "Grim Sleeper" killer, in Los Angeles Superior Court Thursday, July 8, 2010. (AP Photo/Al Seib, Pool)
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A judge has set a trial date in the "Grim Sleeper" serial killings after family members of the slain women urged her to speed up the case.

Judge Kathleen Kennedy on Friday set jury selection for June 30 in the case of Lonnie Franklin Jr., who has pleaded not guilty to 10 murder counts.

Anguished family members pleaded to move the case forward after years of delays. They angrily denounced the defendant and blamed his lawyer for dragging his feet.

Defense lawyer Seymour Amster agreed to a June date after prosecutors said they would be ready to argue about evidence at a March hearing.

Family members of the victims were allowed to testify under Marsy's Law, a victim's bill of rights passed by voters in 2008.

This story has been updated.