Victims’ Families Of ‘Grim Sleeper’ Serial Killer Anxious For Trial To Start

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Porter Alexander spent more than 20 years wondering if his daughter’s killer would ever be caught. He’s spent the last four years hoping he’ll live to see the man brought to justice.

Alexander, 74, planned to urge a judge Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court to set a trial date for Lonnie Franklin Jr., who is charged with 10 counts of murder in what have been dubbed the “Grim Sleeper” serial killings that spanned two decades.

Prosecutors are citing Marsy’s Law, a voter-approved victims’ bill of rights that extends the right to a speedy trial — guaranteed for defendants — to family members of victims. It also allows victims to address the court, and Alexander planned to vent his frustration with the system that has allowed the case to languish in court.

“Oh, man, I can’t count how many times I’ve been there,” he said Thursday…

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