Second death sentence wanted for serial killer

Last updated 08:09 27/06/2014

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A jury has recommended another death sentence for a man who's already on death row for murdering 10 women in the Los Angeles area.

Chester D Turner, 47, should be put to death for killing four other women between 1987 and 1997, the panel said overnight (NZT).

The former pizza deliveryman was convicted last week in the second spate of killings around south Los Angeles. DNA evidence linked him to the crimes, prosecutors said.

Turner will be sentenced on August 1, according to City News Service.

He had been convicted and sentenced to death in 2007 for killing 10 women, including one who was pregnant. He also was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for killing the woman's unborn baby.

Turner was one of at least three serial killers who stalked Los Angeles-area women during a crack cocaine epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s that led some women into prostitution to support their drug habits, authorities said.

The attacks were dubbed the "Southside Slayer" killings before authorities concluded more than one attacker was involved.

Two years ago, Michael Hughes was sentenced to death for strangling a 15-year-old girl and two women. He previously got life for four killings.

Former mechanic Lonnie Franklin Jr. has pleaded not guilty to 10 so-called "Grim Sleeper" killings and the attempted murder of another woman that took place between 1985 and 2007. The victims were strangled or shot and dumped in alleys near his south Los Angeles home.

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